Carl Kosta Savich
Carl Kosta Savich (Serbian Cyrillic: Карл Коста Савић) is a Serbian-American historian, academic and writer. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has an M.A. in History from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a J.D. in Law from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. He also has a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching (MAT) from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Early life and education
Carl Savich is a member of the Alpha Zeta Upsilon chapter of the international history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. He has received an LCP BW American Jurisprudence Award and a Handy and Harmon Academic Scholarship.
Engagements and writings
According to his personal biography, Carl Savich has been a contributor to Foreign Policy, antiwar.com, Liberty of the Serbian National Defense Council of America and American Srbobran (American Serb Defender). His areas of interest and expertise are history, journalism, political science and law.
Carl Savich frequently takes a critical stance toward certain ethnic and religious groups, especially Albanians, Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) and Croats to counter what he sees as the pro-Muslim, pro-Albanian, pro-Croatian bias in the US media. He also criticized what he calls "the blatant hypocrisy" of the UN Special Envoy to Kosovo and the later Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari. In the Serbian tabloid publications, Ahtisaari was accused of being a son of a Nazi officer. Documents show that Oiva Ahtisaari served in the Finnish Defence Forces as a mechanic during the World War II. Carl Savich criticized the Finnish Government when Ahtisaari was President in 1999 for seeking to honor former Finnish SS troops from World War II. The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal had found the Waffen SS to be criminal organization. After criticism from Jewish groups, Ahtisaari did not go through with the plan to honor the SS troops. Both Finnish government and Ahtisaari dismissed these accusations.
Response and criticism for genocide denial
His work has been cited on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum website in Washington DC and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies website of the University of Minnesota. Carl Savich and any reference to him was removed from the website of the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust Studies after it was realized that his writings were not based on actual research but only his interpretation of events. Prior to this the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) filed a complaint to the University of Minnesota for using "extremely biased source - that of one Carl Savich" in a section of their web site describing the Holocaust and Bosnia. CNAB complained that Savich is a genocide denier and extremely unreliable source for the Holocaust research. The University of Minnesota responded by removing references to Carl Savich from their web site while promising that the Center will "engage its affiliated faculty to undertake a comprehensive review of the text devoted to Bosnia and the Holocaust from the center’s website." 
Notes and references
- Carl Savich Archive on Serbianna.com
- Letter to UoM: Carl Savich is Genocide Denier and Unreliable Source for the Holocaust Research - Congress of North American Bosniaks June 9, 2009.
- University of Minnesota Responds to CNAB re Carl Savich Controversy Congress of North American Bosniaks, July 10, 2009.