List of massacres in Croatia

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The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in Croatia (numbers may be approximate).

Note that it does not include massacres that occurred on the territory of the Independent State of Croatia between 1941 and 1945.

Name Date Location Deaths Notes
Baćin massacre 21 October 1991 Baćin, near Hrvatska Dubica 110 Serbian soldiers massacred 110 Croats in the village of Baćin, near Hrvatska Dubica
Bruška massacre 21 December 1991 Bruška 10 Ten Croats civilians killed by Republic of Serbian Krajina forces.[1]
Dalj massacre 1 August 1991 Dalj 62 Serbian soldiers massacred 62 Croats in the village of Dalj
Erdut massacre November 1991 – February 1992 Erdut 37 A series of murders of 37 civilians committed by Croatian Serb SAO Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia forces.[2]
Gospić massacre 16-18 October 1991 Gospić 23-100
4 May 1992 Grabovac 5 Serbia's Red Berets special forces abducted and killed three men and two women. They were initially buried in Tikveš, before the bodies were moved to conceal the killings.[3][4]
Joševica massacre 16 December 1991 Joševica 21 Croats civilians killed by Serb paramilitaries in retribution for losses sustained in the Operation Whirlwind.[5]
Lovas massacre 10 October 1991 to end of 1991 Lovas and Opatovac 75 Serbian soldiers killes 75 Croats in the village of Lovas
Paulin Dvor massacre 11 December 1991 Paulin Dvor, near Osijek 19 Croatian Army (HV) soldiers massacred eighteen Serbs and one Hungarian in the village of Paulin Dvor
Škabrnja massacre 18 November 1991 Škabrnja 86 Serbian soldiers massacred 86 Croats in the village of Škabrnja
Varivode massacre 28 September 1995 Varivode 9 Croat soldiers killed nine Serb villagers[6]
Voćin massacre 13 December 1991 Voćin 43 Croats civilian population killed by White Eagles paramilitaries during the Operation Papuk-91.[7]
Vukovar massacre 20-21 November 1991 Vukovar 264 A mostly Croatian group of 263 men and 1 woman (including civilians and POWs), of whom 194 have been identified, were murdered by members of the Serb militias following the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) withdrawal from Ovčara after it brought those patients there from the Vukovar hospital.[8][9]


  1. ^ ICTY vs Milan Babic
  2. ^ "The Prosecutor of the Tribunal against Slobodan Milosevic (p. 53, 54, 56, 57, 58)". ICTY. 2001. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Cencich, John R. (2013). The Devil's Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story. Lincoln, Nebraska: Potomac Books. p. 103. ISBN 978-1-61234-172-9. 
  4. ^ "The Prosecutor of the Tribunal Against Goran Hadžić - Second Amended Indictment" (PDF). International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. 22 March 2012. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "Optužnica protiv šestorice državljana Srbije, ubojica iz Gline 1991.". Slobodna Dalmacija. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2011-01-23.  (contains the forensic analysis done by Serb authorities)
  6. ^ "Hrvatska priznala masakr nad devetoro Srba u Varivodama". Vesti Online. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Duijzings, Gerlachlus (2000). Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo. London, England: C. Hurst & Co. p. 55. ISBN 9781850653929. 
  8. ^ "Serb leader apologises for Croatian massacre". Euronews. November 11, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Final report of the United Nations Commission of Experts established pursuant to security council resolution 780 (1992) – Mass graves – Ovcara". United Nations. December 28, 1994. Retrieved July 25, 2011.