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Serbian Jews protest ‘Protocols’ sale

Serbia’s Jewish community protested the sale of a notorious anti-Semitic text at a major Belgrade book fair.

According to a report in the Austrian daily Standard, the so-called “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a 19th century Russian hoax, was available at the 46th Annual International Book Fair that took place Oct. 23-29.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia wrote to the directors of the book fair on Oct. 26 demanding that the “books with anti-Semitic content be removed from circulation and that efforts be made to avoid such incidents in the future.” The letter also was sent to the Ministry of Culture and the Council for National Minorities.

The fair this year was dedicated to the memory of Italian writer and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi.

 

The “Protocols” was republished in Serbia in the late 1990s. It was banned by then-president of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic.

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