The Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Foreign Ministry With the Military Commander in Serbia to the Foreign Ministry
Pol. S No. 2
Subject : The situation in Serbia,
BELGRADE, December 3,1941.
Pol. IV 6459 g
It would be in the interest of the Reich to leave the carrying out of the necessary operations largely to the Serbs, in order to save her own forces. A prerequisite for this is that one trust them sufficiently. In this respect it can be said today after General Nedic has been Minister President for three months that so far he has justified the trust placed
in him. Called upon at the most difficult time, he has proved to be resolute and of firm character in carrying out the thankless task once he undertook it. Unperturbed by all the hostility, unshaken by the abuse that comes from London, this old soldier goes his difficult way.Today he is so much identified with Germany in the eyes of the Serbian
people that it is hardly possible for him any more to abandon this line. He has shed Serbian blood in fratricidal struggle, and with this his position is fixed once and for all. In his government there are men such as Minister of the Interior Acimovic, who is an experienced police expert and for many years has taken entirely the German
line; also Minister of Economics Olcan, a follower of Dr. Ljotic, who as minister has himself often fought successfully at the head of volunteer units against the communist bands; and Minister of Education Professor Jonic, who through the new university law has made an important contribution to the clean-up of academic life in Serbia which had been infected for a long time. Furthermore the Nedic Government can rely upon the support of the Chetnik leader Pecanac, who has led a large number of these volunteers to the cause of tranquillity and order. Also to be mentioned, and not in the last place either, is Dr. Ljotic, leader of the "Zbor" movement, who has not joined the government himself, to be sure, because he is evidently keeping himself in reserve for a later time, but who has made available a number of his followers for important ministerial posts and has placed his authority in the scales in favor of General Nedic. Dr. Ljotic, the old enemy of the communists, Freemasons and Jews in Serbia, represents a moral force which must not be underestimated. He is therefore particularly valuable to the Nedic Government, to which he has also made available numerous volunteers from his movement....................................
Although it is hardly possible today to predict how things will develop here in Serbia, one can nevertheless determine that a beginning has been made in the right direction.
The credit for this belongs to a large extent to Minister President Nedic, and one can therefore justify giving him the trust which he needs in order to continue his work successfully. It is self-evident that such trust must not be blind and that under the existing war conditions a German force capable of putting down at once any new major attempt at insurrection must remain in such a restless country as is Serbia.