Serbian National Defense Council
Serbian National Defense Council logo
|Type||Far-right, Serbian nationalism, Pan-Serbism, Anti-Globalism, Anti-Communism, Monarchism, Anti-Fascism|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Toronto, Sydney|
The Serbian National Defense Council (SND) (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска Народна Одбрана) is a Serbian Serbian-American community organization whose goal is to protect Serbs, the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian interests abroad.
Establishment and the First World War
SND was founded by Mihajlo Pupin in 1914 in New York City, NY, in midst of anti-Serb tensions leading up to the First World War. Soon after being founded, 83 branches sprung up across the United States and began aiding in the war effort. From 1914 to 1917 SND raised roughly half a million dollars for Serbs in the Balkans, and recruited 17,000 American Serb volunteers to fight on the Salonika Front.
World War Two
By 1941, SND headquarters were relocated to Chicago, Illinois, under the leadership of Mihailo Dučić, and the organization's activities and influence waned. With the arrival of Mihailo's brother, Jovan Dučić, an esteemed writer/diplomat, the Serbian National Defense Council was revived. Throughout the Second World War, the SND was heavily engaged in collecting relief funds for Serbs and supporting the Chetnik cause.
Post-World War Two
The SND engaged itself closely with the new Chetnik émigré groups which were forming in the United States' Midwest, and appointed Chicago-based Chetnik Voivoda Momčilo Đujić as a trustee of the organization in 1949.
- Serbian nationalism
- Serbian diaspora
- Serbian Americans
- Serbian Canadians
- Serbian Australians
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