The Commissioner Government was a short-lived Serbian collaborationist
puppet government established in the German-occupied territory of Serbia
during World War II from 30 April to 29 August 1941. It was headed by
Milan Aćimović (pictured) and was pro-German, anti-Semitic and anti-
communist. The Aćimović government was merely an instrument of the
German occupation regime, carrying out its orders within the occupied
territory without appearing to moderate its policies. The government
actively assisted the Germans in exploiting the population and the
economy, and its members regarded their own participation in the
Holocaust as "unpleasant but unavoidable". By mid-July, the Germans had
decided that the Aćimović regime was incompetent, and the Commissioner
Government resigned at the end of August. It was succeeded by the
Government of National Salvation, in which Aćimović initially retained
the interior portfolio.
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