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Perhaps the following excerpt from a New Zealand soldier's letter dated 14/6/45 will refute some of the statements in the Auckland driver's letter: "Most of Tito's men have left now, and as you know the Italian population here is only a small minority, compared with the Slavs, so there is quite a bit of illfeeling amongst the civilian population. Every other house in Trieste flies Tito's flag, and everyone out in the country also, as that is where most of the Slavs live. Every building has its posters and paintings of 'Zivio Tito' ('Long live Tito') and similar slogans. I have dozens of invitations to people's homes, but so far I've managed to get around to one of them—a family by the name of Petrovich." Furthermore, looting, rape, assault and similar crimes are punishable by death in the Yugoslav forces, which consist of the finest young men and women of the nation, and not "rabble" as the letter crudely stated. Now is the time when we in New Zealand should pool our resources to aid the stricken people of Europe, particularly the people of Yugoslavia, Poland and Greece, whose losses and sufferings have been most acute. The difficult problems which face the Allies in Europe will not be simplified by misinformation, prejudice and pettiness. S. A. JELICICH.

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LETTER FROM TRIESTE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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LETTER FROM TRIESTE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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