croatia

  • Jewish Group Protests Plan to Beatify Croatian Archbishop

    Pope John Paul II is set to beatify a controversial archbishop from World War II despite a call by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to put off the ceremony pending an independent historical investigation into the Croatian cleric’s wartime record. The pope is planning to beatify Alojzije Stepinac on Saturday during a two-day visit to Croatia…. More ▸

  • News Analysis: Impending Extradition Forces Croatia to Grapple with Its Past

    The expected extradition and war crimes trial of a Croatian World War II fascist are putting contemporary Croatia’s claim of democracy firmly on the line. Dinko Sakic, now 76, who has lived in Argentina for half a century, was arrested last month after he reminisced on Argentine television about his years as commander of Croatia’s… More ▸

  • Former Head of Nazi Camp in Croatia Living in Argentina

    A former commander of a Croatian concentration camp has been found living in Argentina. Dinko Sakic, who allegedly oversaw the murder of more than 500,000 people during World War II, including 20,000 out of Croatia’s Jewish population of 25,000, was discovered and interviewed by an Argentine television crew in the seaside town of Santa Teresita…. More ▸

  • Knesset Members Objecting to Croatian President’s Visit

    Two Israeli lawmakers are trying to block a planned visit by Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, saying he is an anti-Semite who has aligned himself with Holocaust deniers. Yossi Beilin of the Labor Party and Yossi Sarid of the Meretz Party have submitted urgent motions in the Knesset to cancel the trip. Tudjman informed the Foreign… More ▸

  • In Wake of Knesset Criticism, Croatian Leader Won’t Visit Israel

    Croatian President Franjo Tudjman will not visit Israel in the near future, according to Israel Radio. Despite reports last month that Tudjman would come to Israel soon after the two countries established formal diplomatic ties, Israeli officials did not think the timing was appropriate, Israel Radio reported. Israel and Croatia forged these ties earlier this… More ▸

  • Not All Israelis Endorse Plan to Establish Ties with Croatia

    Word that a country will establish diplomatic relations with Israel is generally welcomed as a sign of decreased isolation for the Jewish state. But in the case of the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia, the applause is far from unanimous — and much of the criticism focuses on the country’s leader, President Franjo Tudjman. The… More ▸

  • Masses for Ustashe Leader Leave Croatia’s Jews Uneasy

    Several recent events here have given the Croatian Jewish community reason to be uneasy. In what hit the community as a particularly sharp blow, two Catholic churches – – one in the coastal city of Split, one here, in the Croatian capital – – celebrated Mass on Dec. 28 in memory of the late president… More ▸

  • Bosnian Jewish Refugees Find New Homes in Croatia

    Within a few weeks, the last Bosnian Jewish refugees in Croatia will be resettled in permanent housing, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. “The relatively speaking `massive displacement’ of Jews from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Croatia is now a chapter of the past,” said Yechiel Bar Chaim, the JDC country director for Croatia…. More ▸