New York, NY, November 8, 2007 ... In response to concerns about Nazi salutes and imagery at his concerts, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a backgrounder on the Croatian-based singer Marko Perkovic and his band, Thompson.
According to ADL, Perkovic and his band are known for publicly supporting the Ustashe, a fascist, pro-Nazi regime in Croatia responsible for murdering tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma during World War II. At his concerts, Thompson reportedly plays the Ustashe anthem and a song that relates the killing of Serbs at the Jasenovac death camp during the war. Some of Thompson's recent concerts in Europe have elicited Nazi salutes from the audience.
"The sad part is how popular they are in Croatia, and that they are now coming to the United States to appeal to U.S. Croats to almost justify the Holocaust," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
"This is a free country, and people can choose to be offensive. We are not in the business of censorship or shutting people down, but we do hope that when people understand what Thompson are all about, they will not want to hear them play."
Thompson is currently touring in the U.S. and has scheduled several concerts in cities throughout the United States and Canada.