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Britain is to be asked to help fund a memorial to tens of thousands of Nazi collaborators who were slaughtered after British forces refused to accept their surrender at the end of World War II.
The dead - believed to be up to 50,000 troops - are remembered in at the scene of the massacre in Bleiburg, Croatia, where they were cut down by Communist Yugoslavian partisans.
Critics say that many of the dead would have survived if British forces on the Austrian border had accepted their surrender instead of turning them back to face the pursuing partisans.
Now veterans' associations want Britain to help fund the memorial after the Croatian government ruled that a 60,000 GBP-a-year grant should stop.
"We have to get funding from somewhere and these men would have survived the war if the British hadn't turned them away," said one.
Former Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor added: "This decision to end the grant is a shameful act."
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