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  • Croatian Government Throws Support Behind Reconstruction of Zagreb Shul

    Croatia’s government has signaled its willingness to support the construction of a Jewish center and synagogue here. The project will rise from the ashes of a synagogue that was destroyed during World War II. Backing up its words with deeds, the government is providing some $42,000 for the preliminary stage of the project, in which… More ▸

  • After Croatian Skier Praises Nazis, He’s Caught in a Blizzard of Trouble

    Pro-Nazi comments by a top Croatian skier have landed one of the country’s leading athletes in hot water. Last month, the Croatian newspaper Nacional published a quote made last year by Ivica Kostelic that when he begins a race he feels “like a German soldier on June 22, 1941,” the day the German army attacked… More ▸

  • New Study Questions Values Taught in Croatia’s Textbooks

    Croatian textbooks are teaching violence and intolerance. This was the conclusion drawn by Natasha Jovicich, who initiated a study of 23 textbooks used in Croatian elementary schools. Jovicich is the new director of the museum at Jasenovac, the concentration camp operated by Croatia’s wartime Ustashe fascist regime. She initiated the study to draw attention to… More ▸

  • Holocaust Exhibit a Breakthrough As Croatia Addresses Wartime Past

    A Holocaust exhibit at a prestigious art museum in Zagreb is being hailed as a major step forward in Croatia’s willingness to deal honestly with its World War II history. Croatian President Stepan Mesic recently inaugurated the exhibit, entitled “The Courage to Remember,” at the capital’s Mimara Art Museum. “This is not an exhibition for… More ▸

  • In a Croatian City Without Jews, There’s a Plan to Rebuild a Synagogue

    Why should a city without Jews want to restore its synagogue? For Vukovar, Croatia, the idea stems from a desire to make the synagogue a symbol of tolerance and the renaissance of a demolished city. The idea is the brainchild of Darko Fischer, the president of the Jewish community of Osijek, and is supported by… More ▸

  • Croatia’s Census Reflects Realities Confronted by Some of Nation’s Jews

    Croatia’s recently issued census for 2001 appeared to indicate that some of the nation’s Jews are unwilling to admit their background. The census indicated that 576 people described themselves as Jews “by ethnicity,” but only 475 described their religion as Judaism. Given that there are 2,000 registered members of Croatia’s nine organized Jewish communities, the… More ▸

  • Croatian Jews Upset After Paper Demands That They Criticize Israel

    A Croatian newspaper is calling on the country’s Jews to criticize Israel’s recent military actions against the Palestinians. The Jewish community’s newspaper compared the call to a similar Communist-era campaign. The recent editorial in the leftist Feral Tribune paper blamed Croatian Jewish intellectuals for turning a deaf ear to “the terrible events in the Middle… More ▸