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  • 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 ▸

  • Publication of ‘elders of Zion’ in Croatia Spurs Special Concern

    Publication of `Elders of Zion’ in Croatia spurs special concern. The publication in Croatia of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a notorious anti-Semitic forgery, is particularly troubling to some because of that country’s role in the Holocaust. The surfacing of the “Protocols” anywhere is cause for concern, Abraham Foxman, national director of the… More ▸

  • Jewish Summer Camp Reopens in Croatia After 4-year Closure

    A Jewish summer camp at Pirovac, on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, reopened with a three-day program of learning and fun after it was forced to close down four years ago because of the war in Bosnia. More than 60 young Jews from across Croatia gathered earlier this month for a special weekend program sponsored… More ▸

  • Ceremony in Croatia Recalls Jewish Victims from Bosnia

    As the possibility of peace arose once again in the former Yugoslavia, seven Jewish victims from war-torn Bosnia were memorialized with a ceremony and tombstone unveiling at the Jewish cemetery in the Croation coastal city of Split. After escaping from Bosnia, the seven refugees died while they were living in emergency refugee housing run by… More ▸

  • Haggadah Translated into Serbo-croatian

    A new translation of the Haggadah into Serbo-Croatian has been printed just in time for use this Passover by the beleaguered Jewish communities in all parts of the former Yugoslavia. The Haggadah was prepared by Eliezer Jajcanin, a rabbinical student in Israel who comes from the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. It was printed with funds… More ▸

  • Croatian-israeli Society Established

    Members of the Croatian-Jewish community, seeking to strengthen the cooperation between Croatia and Israel, have formed the Croatian-Israeli Society in Zagreb. Maja Freundlich, vice president of the group, said in a statement that the group’s “primary goal is to work toward greater cooperation between the State of Israel and the Republic of Croatia.” Although Israel… More ▸