The stunning similarities between the EON and the Croatian youth Ustasha Mladez

It’s curious to notice the aesthetic similarities between the looks of the Greek fascist youth movement EON and those of its Croatian equivalent, the Ustaška Mladež.

Even when we take into acount the fact that both organizations were existing in a similar period of history (the Ethniki Organosis Neolaias was founded by Metaxas in 1937 and the Ustaška Mladež in 1941), the visual similarities among the two are still stunning.

Here’s a comparision between a 1937 cover of the EON’s magazine “H Neolaia” (left) and a 1943 cover of the Ustaška Mladež’s magazine (right).

Ustasha youth Ustaška Mladež Greek fascist youth EON Croatian

Another very similar cover from the Greek magazine “H Neolaia” and the Croatian equivalent magazine “Ustaška Mladež”:

Ustaška Mladež magazine

Two young female members of the Greek EON compared to two female members of the Ustaška Mladež:

Greek fascist youth EON Croatian Ustasha youth Ustaška Mladež

And two young members (boy and girl) of the EON and two youngsters of the Ustaška Mladež:

Ustasha youth Ustaška MladežAnd yet another a similar pair of pictures:

Croatian fascism and nazis

It’s really surprising. And what is even more fascinating is that the EON was dissolved in late April 1941 with Greece’s integration in the Third Reich while the Ustaška Mladež was founded just some days later in May 1941, so the Ustaška Mladež could rightfully appear, at least aesthetically, as the timely continuation of the Ethniki Organosis Neolaias. Curious, nonetheless.

This is not the only similarity. The picture below shows that similarities also existed about the Greek ‘archigos’ Metaxas and the Croatian ‘poglavnik’ Pavelic:

metaxas pavelic greek croatian


By Andreas Markessinis