The resistance movement in Yugoslavia during the Second World War in the programmes by the Tadeusz Kościuszko Broadcasting Station

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Adrian Karolak

Abstract

The broadcasting station dealt with a variety of topics concerning the war and occupation. One of them was the resistance movement in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. The broadcasting station’s announcements touched upon many problems, among other things, they mentioned the towns that had been liberated by the guerillas from the occupation by the Axis states. They also discussed the topic of sabotage in the railway system and the industry which worked for the military purposes of the Third Reich. The losses suffered by the enemy (in weapons, munitions, soldiers, etc.) were often announced. It was sometimes directly emphasized that behind those actions there were communists, in contrast to other guerilla groups (the Chetniks), who apparently decided to cooperate with the Fascists. The aim of those messages was to spread among the Polish society the attitudes that would result in the development of a resistance movement on a massive scale. This was mainly the duty of the young generation. Apart from strictly military questions, it is easy to notice that the station was not indifferent towards the political events which were taking place in Yugoslavia during the Second World War. Also this time the party uniting various circles and social groups – according to the authors of the radio programmes – was the revolutionary left wing. It had a programme which would be realized after the end of the warfare. The aim of broadcasting those messages was the willingness to mobilise the Poles, who were expected to unite, to fight for freedom and independence together. The leading role in this process was to be left to the communists.

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Karolak, A. (2016). The resistance movement in Yugoslavia during the Second World War in the programmes by the Tadeusz Kościuszko Broadcasting Station. Balcanica Posnaniensia. Acta Et Studia, 22(2), 117-138. https://doi.org/10.14746/bp.2015.22.20
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