Director of the Museum of Genocide Victims, Dejan Ristić, has received from Prime Minister Ana Brnabić the original document of Directive No. 25.
This directive, issued by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler on 27 March 1941, commanded the attack on the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Kingdom of Greece. It will be on display at the National Museum of Serbia until February 18th this year.
This first-rate historical source will be permanently preserved in the Museum of Genocide Victims, thus entrusted to all future generations, as announced by the government. It also represents the first public exhibition of one of the most significant historical sources of the entire national past of the Serbian people and our entire region.
This immensely valuable document and historical source, now in the possession of Serbia, simultaneously symbolized an ominous prelude to numerous dramatic, tragic, and heroic events that marked the period of World War II across the entire territory of the occupied Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
The content of this document signified the commencement of World War II across the entire territory of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, an event that unfolded in the early hours of April 6, 1941.
By issuing the order for the start of combined military actions against the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Kingdom of Greece, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler marked the beginning of four years of dramatic battles and immense suffering of the civilian population, particularly among members of the Serbian nation.