Petar Brzica

Petar Brzica 1917 – 2010 ), 1 alias “But” , was a Croatian fascist and criminal war of the Second World War . Before the war he was a scholar at the Franciscan College of Široki Brijeg in Herzegovina and a member of the Great Brotherhood of the Crusaders.

Before World War II

He spent some time studying law in Zagreb , where he became a member of the Ustasha Youth and later a member of the Fascist government of the Croatian Ustasha (1941-1945) and one of the guards at Jasenovac concentration camp. 2 As a member of the Militia Ustashe , he held the rank of lieutenant . 3 4 5


Although known for having beaten a prisoner to death in March 1943, 6 was noted for winning a horrendous contest which consisted in killing as many Serb prisoners as possible who had just arrived in Jasenovac concentration camp using A knife called “srbosjek”. 7 8 9 10 11 12 Brzica boasted of winning the contest after massacring the largest number of prisoners, killing 1,360 people in a single night. 1314 Some other sources claim that the number of victims is lower, placing them between 670 and 1100. 15 16

Petar Brzica received a watch of gold , dishes of silver a feast consisting of roast pork and wine, among other things, as a reward for winning the “competition”. 17 He escaped to the United States after the war, but he lost track of his whereabouts in the 1970s , so he could never be prosecuted for his crimes. 18 However, in a Croatian publication in 2009, there is a recent photograph of him, already old but in an apparent good state of health, smiling at the entrance to a restaurant or cafe. 19

Testimony of the atrocities

Then you can appreciate a quote provided by Friganovic Mile, one of the participants in the slaughter of Saturday 20 29 of August of 1942 , in which Petar But Brzica 1,360 people killed in the Jasenovac concentration camp:

The Franciscan Pero Brzica, Ante Zrinusic, Sipka and I bet to see who would kill more prisoners in one night. The killing began and after an hour I killed many more than them. I felt in the seventh heaven. I had never felt such ecstasy in my life, after a couple of hours I had managed to kill 1,100 people while the others could kill between 300 and 400 each. And then, as I was experiencing my grandest ecstasy, I noticed an old peasant standing quietly watching me as he killed my victims and them as they died with the greatest pain. That look struck me in the middle of my greatest ecstasy and suddenly I froze and for a while I could not move. Then I approached him and discovered that he was from the village of Klepci near Capljina and that his family had been murdered and sent to Jasenovac after having worked in the forest. He spoke to me with an incomprehensible peace that affected me more than the heartbreaking screams all around me. Suddenly I felt the need to destroy his peace through torture and thus through his suffering I could restore my state of ecstasy in order to continue the pleasure of inflicting pain.

I pulled him aside and made him sit with me on a log. I ordered him to shout: ‘Long live the Poglavnik [caudillo] Pavelic!’, Or I cut your ear. Vukasin did not speak. I ripped out an ear. He did not say a word. I told him again to shout ‘Long live Pavelic!’ Or I’ll rip your other ear off. I ripped out the other ear. He shouts, ‘Viva Pavelic!’ Or I’ll rip your nose out and when I told him for the fourth time to shout ‘Viva Pavelic!’ And threatened to pluck his heart with my knife, he looked at me and in his pain and agony told me: ‘Do your work, creature!’ Those words confused me, froze me, and I ripped out his eyes, ripped his heart out, cut his throat from ear to ear and threw him into the well. But something broke inside me and I could not kill any more that night.

The Franciscan Pero Brzica won the bet because I had killed 1,360 prisoners and I paid without saying a word.

Mile Friganovic 21


  1. Back to top↑ Jasenovac: The Jewish Serbian Holocaust (the Role of the Vatican) in Nazi-Ustasha Croatia (1941-1945) by Milan Bulajić, Svetlana Šarčević and Jelena Popović, Fund for Genocide Research (2002), p. 215
    “Petar Brzica, 25 years old, a Franciscan [priest] of the” Order of Friars Minor “, a scholar from Široki Brijeg monastery, the Ustasha captain, who, according to the testimony of Ustasha Mile Friganović, in one night, on 29 August 1942, killed 1360 internees … “
  2. Back to top↑ Špijun u mantiji by Siniša Ivanović, New knjiga Belgrade, 1987, p. 78
  3. Back to top↑ “Sećanja Jevreja na logor Jasenovac” by Dušan Sindik, Savez jevrejskih opština Jugoslavije 1972, p. 154
    “Then the Ustashe butchers came: Ljubo Miloš along with a wolfhound and Ustashe lieutant But Brzica who began from the left flank of the human formation / interrogating what were the occupations of these people.”
  4. Back to top↑ State Commission of Croatia for the investigation of the crimes of the occupation forces and their collaborators
  5. Back to top↑ Jasenovac information site
  6. Back to top↑ State Commission, ibid., P. fifty
  7. Back to top↑ Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia by Barry M. Lituchy Jasenovac Research Institute (1st edition), New York (2006)
  8. Back to top↑
    “Another historian, Teophilo Gardini, reports a very strange contest of” Serbian throat-cutting “- won on August 29, 1942 by a certain Petar Brzica, a former Franciscan of the Široki Brijeg Monastery”
  9. Back to top↑ Dr. Nikola Nikolic testimony, see Avro Manhattan ‘s Vatican’s Holocaust , p. 48
  10. Back to top↑ Taborišče smrti – Jasenovac by Nikola Nikolić (author), Jože Zupančić (translator), 1969, p. 293
  11. Back to top↑ Nedjo Zec quotes the Ustasha Mile Friganović ( The Role of the Vatican in the Breakup of the Yugoslav State , by Dr. Milan Bulajić, Belgrade (1994), pp. 156-57) from a January 1943 Interview with Mile Friganović by Psychiatrist Dr. Nedjo Zec, who also had been an inmate at Jasenovac
  12. Back to top↑ Witness Ljubomir Sarić quotes the Ustasa Ante Zrinušić at Dinko Sakic’s trial on 15 April 1999
  13. Back to top↑ The Glass Half Full by Alan Greenhalgh, p. 68 ( ISBN 0977584410 )
    “Wherever they went they experienced similar cruelty from the Ustashe guards. They heard stories about the fierce butcher, Petar Brzica, who boasted that during one night alone he killed 1,360 prisoners.”
  14. Back to top↑ Jasenovac: The Jewish Serbian Holocaust , ibid., P. 215
  15. Back to top↑ “Nedjelja”, Zagreb, October 19, 1942, referenced in Sângeroasa destrămare: Yugoslavia by CI Christian, published by Editura Sylvi (1994), p. 170 ( ISBN 9739175015 , ISBN 9789739175012 )
  16. Back to top↑ Taborišče smrti-Jasenovac by Nikola Nikolić (author), Jože Zupančić (translator), 1969, p. 293
    Tisto noč je ustaš But Brzica v hitrosti in spretnosti svojega krvniškega posla prekosil vse ustaške klavce. Sam je namreč zaklal 670 internircev jasenovškega taborišča. Med seboj so tekmovali v klavskem poslu Brzica, Bonzo, Šipka, Zrinušić in še nekaj drugi klavci, ki pa so za Brzico znatno zaostajali
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