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Miroslav Filipovic-Majstorovic

Miroslav Filipovic-Majstorovic (died 1946), was a former Franciscan friar from the monastery of Petricevac, who commanded the Jasenovac concentration camp in Yugoslavia during World War II. A member of the Croatian ultra-nationalist Ustase, he continued in his role as a member of a religious order, even while commanding the camp, earning him the epithet Fra Sotona ("Brother Devil") among the inmates.

A Croatian nationalist and a fascist, he combined religion with his political ideology. In one instance, in a raid on a Serb Orthodox village in 1942, he slashed the throat of a child and exclaimed: "Ustasha, this is the way in which I baptise these bastards in the name of God. You should just follow my example. Let this thing be on my soul, but I am going to give you my forgiveness and the forgiveness of the Church for your acts." At his trial for war crimes, he later admitted to personally killing at least one hundred people, including children, per day in the camp.

After the war, Filipovic-Majstorovic was tried and sentenced to death. He was hanged wearing the friar's robes he often wore in the camp, when giving confession and murdering prisoners.



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