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|Minister of Internal Affairs of the Government of National Salvation|
29 August 1941 – 10 November 1942
|Succeeded by||Tanasije Dinić|
|Born||30 May 1898
Pinosava, Kingdom of Serbia
|Died||25 May 1945
|Nationality|| Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Government of National Salvation
|Political party||Yugoslav Radical Union|
Milan Aćimović was born on 31 May 1898 in Pinosava, in the Belgrade municipality of Voždovac. He finished gymnasium in Belgrade and received a law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1923. On 2 September 1935, he and Velibor Jonić successfully petioned the Ministry of Interior to legalize the Yugoslav National Movement (Zbor). He became the chief of police in Belgrade in 1938 and was appointed Minister of Interior by Milan Stojadinović on 21 December 1938. He held this position until 5 February 1939. In April 1939, he was arrested alongside Stojadinović and was detained until August 1940.
World War II
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On 30 May 1941, a few weeks after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, Aćimović formed the first puppet government in Serbia, called the Commissioner Government. He was the leader of the government until 29 August of that year when it was dissolved.
Aćimović's puppet government was replaced by another puppet government, the Government of National Salvation, headed by former general Milan Nedić. In this government, Aćimović served as minister of the interior. He was sympathetic towards the Chetniks of Draža Mihailović and maintained close contact with Mihailović. The Germans suspected that Aćimović warned Mihailović of the launching of Operation Mihailovic, which was conducted over 6–7 December 1941. The warning, apparently given the day before the offensive began, enabled Mihailović to escape. In January 1942, he visited Serbian prisoners in the Osnabrück concentration camp in Nazi Germany.
Despite these actions and the German's suspicions, Aćimović managed to stay on good terms with them, even meeting with Mihailović in March 1942 with German permission. On 10 November 1942, Aćimović was replaced as minister of interior by Colonel Tanasije Dinić, who was seen as more anti-Mihailović than Aćimović. After his replacement and the expulsion of the Germans from Serbia in October 1944, Aćimović acted as liaison between Mihailović and German Envoy Hermann Neubacher in Vienna.
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