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Parleying with the Devil: Prisoner Exchange in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

Gaj Trifković


The Second World War in Yugoslavia is notorious for the brutal struggle between the armed forces of the Third Reich and the communist-led Partisans. Less known is the fact that the two sides negotiated prisoner exchanges virtually since the beginning of the war. Under extraordinary circumstances, these early contacts evolved into a formal exchange agreement, centered on the creation of a neutral zone—quite possibly the only such area in occupied Europe—where prisoners were regularly exchanged until late April 1945, saving thousands of lives. The leadership of both sides used the contacts for s ... More

Keywords: Occupied Europe, Partisans, Prisoner of War, Prisoner exchange, Third Reich, Yugoslavia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781949668087
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9781949668087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gaj Trifković, author
Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies