Andrija Hebrang


The Hebrang File

The Hebrang File (DH) is a collection of some 20,000 pages of documents and forgeries, statements and manuscripts of 131 persons on whom files were made during the “investigation”. A total of 5,083 persons were covered by the “investigation”. DH lists a series of fabricated documents and originals, including such absurd “documents” as Ustasha records from the Jasenovac concentration camp written in – Cyrillic!

Party ideologists, Milatovic and the comrades claimed, and their followers shamelessly do so even today, that Andrija had collaborated with the Ustasha based on a consent given in the Ustasha concentration camps at Stara Gradiska and Jasenovac. Two notorious records were the key evidence against “the Ustasha spy” for four decades. DH was not thoroughly cleaned in those times when it seemed the Party would rule forever, while later, individuals perhaps deliberately omitted to remove the two notorious records, whether out of protest or to keep the truth for history. Either way, the concentration camp records written in Cyrillic were left in DH. They were later rewritten in the Latin alphabet and presented to Andrija in Glavnjaca as the crucial piece of evidence. He resolutely refused to recognise the records as documents, which urged Milatovic to call in the woman who had allegedly written them to “testify”, but the victim again refused to bend.

DH was in the works for years and was kept out of the public eye for some 40 years. Information was first edited when the Party “cleaned” files in Belgrade, later when they were transferred to Zagreb, and finally when they were taken over by the democratic authorities in 1990. Every regime filtered dangerous historical information, seeing to it that no paper which might compromise the living was left behind: DH was stored in Belgrade until 1985, when it was transferred to Zagreb. It was eventually turned over to the Croatian Archives on 22 March 1991.