Balkans

  • In Bosnia, a Philanthropist’s Gift Provides Work, Promotes Tolerance

    Bojana Vukotic looks up from her computer and for the first time in her 28 years has a conversation in English, a language she learned from watching movies. A bright woman with short hair, Vukotic describes her life at a unique print shop operation designed to help disabled people like herself conduct their lives in… More ▸

  • Serbian Cemetery Being Renovated, Easing Tiff Between Jews and Gypsies

    A historic Serbian Jewish cemetery that for decades has been home to hundreds of Gypsies is getting a face lift after an agreement negotiated by the head of the tiny Jewish community in the town of Nis. The cemetery, which has been at the center of a dispute between local Jews and Gypsies, or Roma,… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Director and Cantor Find That Plays on Jewish Themes Resonate in Serbia

    Serbian Jewish theater director Stefan Sablic has another hit on his hands, a deeply disturbing play set in the 1930s about a German Jewish immigrant in America and his former best friend, who becomes a Nazi. Sablic’s adaptation of “Address Unknown,” by Katherine Kressman Taylor, opened recently in Belgrade to enthusiastic audiences and extensive media… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Macedonia, a Man Plans to Build a Holocaust Museum

    Macedonia’s national day of mourning for its lost Jewish population has just ended, and Viktor Mizrahi is already looking ambitiously to next year’s anniversary. By next March 11, Mizrahi, the president of Macedonia’s Jewish community, hopes the capital city of Skopje will boast a Holocaust museum, or as he prefers to call it, a memorial… More ▸

  • After Prime Minister’s Assassination, Serbian Jews Feel Sorrow — and Fear

    Serbia’s Jews are mourning the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, who was hailed as a “great friend” of the Jewish community. A board meeting of the Jewish community in Subotica, Serbia, had just begun Wednesday when word came that Djindjic had been gunned down outside his office in Belgrade. “We had just started our… More ▸

  • Jews in Bulgaria and Macedonia Have Different Views of Holocaust

    Sixty years ago this month, Bulgarian citizens took the first heroic steps to prevent the deportation of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews to Nazi death camps. It also was 60 years ago, however, that Nazi-allied Bulgarian occupiers brutally rounded up and deported nearly all the Jews of Macedonia, as well as Jews from parts of Greece and… More ▸

  • Serbian Author Lambasted for Using Old Anti-semitic Slur

    A 60-year-old lie about the role of Jews at a concentration camp operated by Croatia’s wartime Ustashe fascist regime has once again surfaced. Serbian scholar Milan Bulajic alleged in his 1989 book, “The Genocidal Crimes of the Ustashes,” that Jews held privileged positions in the Jasenovac concentration camp and were partly responsible for the mass… More ▸