Tomislav Sunić

Last updated
Tomislav Sunić
2018-11-17 - Tomislav Sunic - 3925.jpg
Tomislav Sunić, 2018
Born (1953-02-03) February 3, 1953 (age 68)
Other namesTom Sunic
CitizenshipCroatia and United States
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Known forPolitico-cultural activism
Scientific career
Fields Political science, sociology of culture
InstitutionsFormerly professor at California State University, University of California, Juniata College; also former diplomat for the Croatian government

Tomislav Sunić (born February 3, 1953), sometimes known as Tom Sunic, is a Croatian-American translator, far-right activist [1] and a former professor. His views are often cited as part of the European New Right. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Sunić as a white nationalist. [2]



Sunić was born in Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Zagreb, Republic of Croatia) in 1953 to a Croatian Catholic family. [3] He is a naturalized United States citizen. [4]

His father, Mirko Sunić (1915–2008) was a lawyer in communist Yugoslavia, who, along with Tomislav's sister, Mirna Sunić, were "prisoners of conscience". The two were charged with creating "hostile propaganda", under Article 133 of the Yugoslav Criminal Code, and the court sentenced them to 4 and 1 years of prison respectively. [5] Mirko Sunić was championed by Amnesty International and 15 United States congressmen in 1985), [6] Mirko Sunić authored, in 1996, Moji inkriminirani zapisi ("My incriminating records"). [7]

Tomislav Sunić studied French and English Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb until 1978. From 1980 to 1982 he worked in Algeria as an interpreter for the Yugoslav-Croatian construction company Ingra. He emigrated to the United States, where he received a master's degree at California State University, Sacramento in 1985. [8]

In June 1987, at the invitation of Freedom House, Sunić and Mate Meštrović, along with twelve other émigré academics and dissidents from different Yugoslav constituent republics, were invited to discuss the political crisis in Yugoslavia. Sunić, who participated in the discussion, gave a short speech on Communist repression in Yugoslavia and what he described as the activities of the Yugoslav secret police, the UDBA. [9]

Tomislav Sunić received a doctorate in political science in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his graduate studies he lobbied for Croatian prisoners in Yugoslavia and wrote for the émigré Croat London-based biweekly Nova Hrvatska and the Madrid-based Croat literary quarterly Hrvatska Revija (Revista Croata). From 1988-93, he taught at California State University, the University of California, and Juniata College (Pennsylvania). From 1993-2001, he served in various diplomatic positions with the Croatian government in Zagreb, London, Copenhagen, and Brussels. He taught at the Anglo-American College in Prague, and currently resides in Zagreb, where he works as a freelance writer. [10]

Sunić's books and views can be described as being in the style of the GRECE, a school of thought by Alain de Benoist, who wrote a preface to Sunić's book and whose articles Sunić often translates into English. [11] [12] Sunić has widely written, translated and lectured in English, German, French and Croatian on many authors, novelists and political thinkers who can be called the predecessors of the European New Right (such as Southern Agrarians, Emile Cioran, Ernst Jünger and Louis-Ferdinand Céline) [13] The "European New Right," or Nouvelle Droite, is a name for various forms of conservative, right-wing, or dissident cultural movements and political groupings which emerged in opposition to the liberal and leftist academic milieu of the mid- to late-20th century. Critics have argued that de Benoist has developed a novel cultural fascism and have depicted the advocates of Sunić's school of thought as "literary fascists". [14]

Kevin B. MacDonald, an evolutionary psychologist who has been characterized as "The Marx of the Anti-Semites", [15] wrote an introduction to Sunić's book Homo Americanus, a book which deals extensively with the Judeo-Christian mindset and its secular modalities in the USA. MacDonald states the work "addresses the modern world of hyper-liberalism, globalist capitalism and the crisis of our inherited Indo-European civilization". Sunić is critical of Judeo-Christian monotheism, to which he attributes the rise of communism and liberalism. [16]

Sunić has been critical of post-World War II legislative changes in Europe, regarding non-white immigration and restrictions on freedom of speech. He has attended and spoken at some conferences organized and attended by historical revisionists. In August 2003, he gave a lecture in German at a conference sponsored by Germany's neo-Nazi party, the National Democratic Party, alongside the far-right ex-lawyer Horst Mahler. [2] He lectured on Carl Schmitt, a German legal scholar, who was influential in Nazi Germany. Sunić's articles have been published in American, French, [17] German [18] and Croatian journals, [19] including the now defunct Journal of Historical Review . [20]

Speaking appearances

Sunić has accepted invitations to speak before radical conservatives, white nationalist academics [21] and individuals and groups accused of holding or promoting racist and anti-Semitic views. [22] He spoke at the 2002 and 2003 'Eurofest' events, sponsored by the Sacramento chapter of National Alliance, where he gave a speech, "'Turkish Onslaught to Europe to Communist Disaster', which was critical of non-European immigration. [23] [24]

In his books, articles and speeches Sunić critically examines modern higher education and different antiracist and antifascist institutions which he describes as a platform for "semantic distortions of political concepts, in order to "demonize or discredit non-conformist, nationalist and traditionalist schools of thought." [25]

Sunić spoke to the French Senate on 15 January 2007, at a conference entitled "Nationalismes et religions dans les Balkans occidentaux" (Nationalisms and Religions in the Western Balkans), sponsored by the Fondation Robert Schuman. The topic of his talk was "Facteur nationaliste et facteur religieux dans les tensions actuelles" ("The Nationalist and Religious Factor in the Present Tensions"). Other speakers included Michel Barnier (former French Minister of Foreign Affairs) and General David Leakey (former Commander of EUFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina). [26]

Sunic held a speech in Sweden at the neo-nazi festival "Nordiska Festivalen" in 2008. [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32] He has also spoken at a British far-right meeting for "Generation Identity". Sunic also held a speech at another extreme right wing conference in 2011 called "Identitär Idé" ("Identitarian Idea").

A June 2011 conference tour was with MacDonald, in Sweden, where they both talked about the topic "Individualism and Nationalism in the Modern Multicultural Society". [33] He spoke at the "Forgotten Genocide" International Conference, held in St. Louis Community College (St.Louis, Missouri), on "The Fate of the Danube Germans in Yugoslavia in the Wake of WWII". [34] In July 2011, he was a guest speaker in Knin, Croatia, at the summer school of the Flemish separatist, rightist political party, Vlaams Belang, where he lectured on the parallels between multicultural Belgium and multicultural Yugoslavia. [35]

Sunić is a frequent guest of ethnic or expatriate German and Croatian community or social groups in North America, Australia and Europe, where he talks about what he alleges were mass killings of ethnic German and Croat civilians in the former Yugoslavia and in Eastern Europe in the aftermath of WWII. [36] More recently, Sunić spoke at two National Policy Institute gatherings in 2011 [37] and 2013. [38]

Radio programme

From 2 June 2009 [39] until 2012, Sunić hosted a radio show with the Voice of Reason Broadcast Network. [40] Topics he addressed included race, culture, nationalism, and politics. The show, which began as The New Nationalist Perspective, was later renamed The Sunic Journal. It ended in 2012. [41]

Political affiliation

Sunić sits on the board of directors of the American Freedom Party. [42]

Related Research Articles

Ante Pavelić Croatian fascist politician and dictator

Ante Pavelić was a Croatian politician and dictator who founded and headed the fascist ultranationalist organization known as the Ustaše in 1929 and governed the Independent State of Croatia, a fascist puppet state built out of parts of occupied Yugoslavia by the authorities of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, from 1941 to 1945. Pavelić and the Ustaše persecuted many racial minorities and political opponents in the NDH during the war, including Serbs, Jews, Romani, and anti-fascists, becoming one of the key figures of the Genocide of Serbs and the Holocaust in NDH.

Independent State of Croatia Former country, fascist puppet state

The Independent State of Croatia was a World War II-era puppet state of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It was established in parts of occupied Yugoslavia on 10 April 1941, after the invasion by the Axis powers. Its territory consisted of most of modern-day Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as some parts of modern-day Serbia and Slovenia, but also excluded many Croat-populated areas in Dalmatia, Istria, and Međimurje regions.

Croatian Democratic Union

The Croatian Democratic Union is the major conservative, centre-right political party in Croatia. It is one of the two major contemporary political parties in Croatia, along with the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP). It is currently the largest party in the Sabor with 61 seats. The HDZ ruled Croatia from 1990 before the country gained independence from Yugoslavia until 2000 and, in coalition with junior partners, from 2003 to 2011, and since 2016. The party is a member of the European People's Party (EPP). The HDZ's leader, Andrej Plenković, is the current Prime Minister of Croatia, having taken office following the 2016 parliamentary election.

Mile Budak Croatian Ustaše politician

Mile Budak was a Croatian politician and writer best known as one of the chief ideologists of the Croatian fascist Ustaša movement, which ruled the Independent State of Croatia during World War II in Yugoslavia from 1941–45 and waged a genocidal campaign of extermination against its Roma and Jewish population, and of extermination, expulsion and religious conversion against its Serb population.

Igor Štiks

Igor Štiks is a novelist and scholar. His novels The Judgment of Richard Richter and A Castle in Romagna have earned him multiple awards; the former has been translated into 15 languages.

Croatian nationalism

Croatian nationalism is the nationalism that asserts the nationality of Croats and promotes the cultural unity of Croats.

Stipe Šuvar was a Croatian politician and sociologist who was regarded to have been one of the most influential communist politicians in the League of Communists of Croatia in Socialist Republic of Croatia during Yugoslavia and later in modern Croatia.

Far-right politics in Croatia refers to any manifestation of far-right politics in the Republic of Croatia. Individuals and groups in Croatia that employ far-right politics are most often associated with the historical Ustaše movement, hence they have connections to Neo-Nazism and neo-fascism. That World War II political movement was an extremist organization at the time supported by the German Nazis and the Italian Fascists. The association with the Ustaše has been called "Neo-Ustashism" by Slavko Goldstein.

Tomislav Ivković is a Croatian professional football manager and former player who was recently the manager of Druga HNL club Inter Zaprešić.

Ante Starčević Croatian politician and writer

Ante Starčević was a Croatian politician and writer. His policies centered around Croatian state law, the integrity of Croatian lands, and the right of his people to self-determination. As an important member of the Croatian parliament and the founder of the Party of Rights he has laid the foundations for Croatian nationalism. He has been referred to as Father of the Nation due to his campaign for the rights of Croats within Austria-Hungary and his propagation of a Croatian state in a time where many politicians sought unification with other South Slavs.

Dalibor Brozović was a Croatian linguist, Slavist, dialectologist and politician. He studied the history of standard languages in the Slavic region, especially Croatian. He was an active Esperantist since 1946, and wrote Esperanto poetry as well as translated works into the language.

Rada Iveković is a Croatian professor, philosopher, Indologist, and writer.

Serbian nationalism

Serbian nationalism asserts that Serbs are a nation and promotes the cultural and political unity of Serbs. It is an ethnic nationalism, originally arising in the context of the general rise of nationalism in the Balkans under Ottoman rule, under the influence of Serbian linguist Vuk Stefanović Karadžić and Serbian statesman Ilija Garašanin. Serbian nationalism was an important factor during the Balkan Wars which contributed to the decline of the Ottoman Empire, during and after World War I when it contributed to the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and again during the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.

Stane Dolanc

Stane Dolanc was a Yugoslav communist politician, one of president Josip Broz Tito's closest collaborators and one of the most influential people in Yugoslav federal politics in the 1970s and 1980s. He was secretary of the Executive Bureau of the Presidium of the Central Committee (CC) of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia (LCY) from 1971 to 1978, federal Secretary of the Interior from 1982 to 1984 and a member of the Presidency of Yugoslavia from 1984 to 1989. He was regularly appointed a member of the Federal Council for Protection of the Constitutional Order and was chairing the body in late 1980s.

Lučko Anti-Terrorist Unit Anti-terrorist special police unit in Croatia

Anti-Terrorist Unit Lučko is the police tactical unit of the Croatian Police stationed in Lučko near Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Initially distinguishing itself in the Croatian War of Independence, it has gone on to become Croatia's leading police tactical unit. Like all other police units in the country, it is under command of the Ministry of the Interior. It is a member of the ATLAS Network, an association of European police tactical units. Several of its members have gone on to achieve notability, including Croatian mixed martial arts fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović.


Yugoslavism or Yugoslavdom is the unionism, nationalism, or patriotism associated with South Slavs/Yugoslavs and Yugoslavia. Yugoslavism has historically advocated the union of all South Slav populated territories now composing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, and, for some like Ivan Meštrović, Bulgaria. It became a potent political force during World War I with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by the Yugoslavist militant Gavrilo Princip and the subsequent invasion of Serbia by Austria-Hungary. During the war the Yugoslav Committee composed of South Slav emigres from Austria-Hungary, supported Serbia and vouched for the creation of a Yugoslav state. On 1 December 1918, King Peter of Serbia proclaimed the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, commonly known as "Yugoslavia". During the Yugoslav period, a Yugoslav identity was propagated.

Branimir Jelić

Branimir "Branko" Jelić was a Croatian nationalist exile and doctor of medicine. Member of the fascist Ustaše organization.

The Party of Rights was a Croatian nationalist political party in Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia and later in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Milorad Ekmečić Yugoslav and Serbian historian

Milorad Ekmečić was a Yugoslav and Serbian historian. During World War II he became a member of the Yugoslav Partisans after the fascist Ustaše perpetrated the Prebilovci massacre, in which 78 members of his family were killed, including his father. He studied at the University of Zagreb and went on to be a professor at the University of Sarajevo, and later at the University of Belgrade. He was a member of several Yugoslav academies of sciences and arts, the author of more than a dozen historical books, and received several significant national awards. Ekmečić authored several important works in socialist Yugoslavia, including his contribution to the acclaimed History of Yugoslavia published in English in 1974, and Stvaranje Jugoslavije 1790–1918 [Creation of Yugoslavia 1790–1918] in 1989.

Dejan Jović

Dejan Jović is political scientist from Croatia. He is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb. He is also main editor of the Croatian Political Science Review, one of the leading academic journals in political science and social science in Southeastern Europe. Dejan Jović is a specialist in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav politics as well as foreign policies and theories of international relations.


  1. Sedgwick, Mark (2019). Key Thinkers of the Radical Right: Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 81. ISBN   9780190877613.
  2. 1 2 "Tomislav Sunić". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  3. "Reexamining Assumptions": An Interview with Tom Sunic,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  4. Letter from Tomislav Sunić to the US Ambassador in Hungary,, October 2014; accessed August 15, 2015.
  5. Mirna and Tomislav Sunić interview,, January 24, 2014.
  6. Decommunization: The Unrealizable Project in Croatia,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  7. Moji inkriminirani zapisi,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  8. Croatian World Network,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  9. Sunić bibliography,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  10. Revue Catholica - Numéro 92 (Eté 2006) Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine ,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  11. Europska Nova Desnica,; accessed August 13, 2015. (in Croatian)
  12. The Tomislav Sunić Collection,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  13. Sunić articles,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  14. Roger Griffin, The Nature of Fascism (1991),; accessed August 13, 2015.
  15. "The Marx of the Anti-Semites",; accessed August 13, 2015.
  16. Marx, Moses and the Pagans in the Secular City (CLIO) Vol. 24, No. 2, 1995 via Questia Online Library; accessed August 13, 2015.
  17. "Tomislav Sunić : " L'Union européenne est en train de s'autodétruire "". Polémia. May 10, 2014.
  18. Neue Ordnung; accessed August 13, 2015.(in German)
  19. Razgovor sa Dr. Tomislavom Sunićem,; accessed August 13, 2015.(in Croatian)
  20. Journal of Historical Review Archived 2012-12-11 at the Wayback Machine ,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  21. "Meet Tom Sunic" speeches in Norway,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  22. "Croatian extremist joins white hate group leadership",; accessed August 13, 2015.
  23. Sunić profile,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  24. "White like me",, March 13, 2003; accessed August 13, 2015.
  25. "Myths and Mendacities: The Ancients and the Moderns, The Occidental Quarterly, vol. 14, no. 4, Winter 2014–2015)".
  26. Sunić speech to French Senate,; accessed August 13, 2015.
  27. "Lugn högerextrem festival". August 31, 2008 via
  28. "Nordiska förbundet".
  29. "Få besökare på Nordiska festivalen". August 31, 2008 via
  30. Alexandersson/TT, Marcus (September 27, 2017). "Rasbiologi och diktatur – en högerhistoria – Kuriren".
  31. Alvarsson, Roland Klinga Ulrik (October 26, 2017). "Det här är alternativhögern – Folkbladet".
  32. "Nazist anhållen för grovt rån – Corren". February 21, 2008.
  33. “T. Sunić, K. MacDonald, "Nationalisms and Identity”,; accessed August 15, 2015.
  34. "Events Calendar" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  35. "Zomeruniversiteit 2011 in Kroatië - Verslag" (PDF).
  36. The Tragedy of Bleiburg and Viktring, 1945, Northern Illinois University Press, 2015. Translated from the second German edition by Andreas Niedermayer, with preface by Dr. Paul Gottfried and afterword by Sunic.
  37. Video on YouTube
  38. Video on YouTube
  39. "Akkuschrauber 10 | Radio".
  40. Announcement of new programme with Tomislav Sunić,, May 28, 2009.
  41. "Radio | Eine weitere WordPress-Website".
  42. "American Freedom Party: Leadership".