Macedonia

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Tiny Macedonian Jewish Community Pleased by New Settlement on Property

    Jewish leaders are hailing a World War II restitution agreement announced by the Macedonian government as unprecedented in redressing the wrongs of the Nazi and Communist eras. At a ceremony in the capital of Skopje on Aug. 29, Finance Minister Nikola Gruevski announced that Macedonia would either return or provide compensation for Jewish communal properties… More ▸

  • Religious Leaders Call for Harmony in Strife-torn Macedonia and Bosnia

    Jewish leaders have joined other religious leaders in calling for peace and dialogue in two Balkan states — Macedonia and Bosnia. Religious leaders from Macedonia issued a statement late last week expressing their “commitment to the One God for peace for our common country” and urging international support for peace initiatives. Izhak Asiel, the chief… More ▸

  • As Fighting Erupts in Macedonia, Local Jews Issue Appeal for Peace

    As fighting between Macedonian troops and ethnic Albanian rebels threatens to escalate into full-scale Balkan warfare, Macedonia’s tiny Jewish community is calling on world Jewry to help preserve the fragile peace. “We, the Jews of Macedonia, are very concerned by the current violence that threatens to destroy the multiethnic harmony and democratic dialogue that have… More ▸

  • Pristina Jewish Leader, Family Guided to Safety in Macedonia

    International Jewish representatives have entered Kosovo for the first time since the NATO air war against Yugoslavia began and evacuated the leader of Pristina’s Jewish community and his family. Chedar Prlincivic, 61, his wife, Vidosava, and his 81-year-old mother, Bea Mandil, were brought Tuesday to the Macedonian capital of Skopje by Vikto Mizrachi, president of… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Worker for Interethnic Peace Frets As War Touches Macedonia

    Eran Frankel has a lot invested in the Balkans, and as the Kosovo conflict threatens to widen, he is watching nervously. The Jerusalem-born American works in Macedonia as head of the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. For five years, the group has worked to bring together Macedonians and their large ethnic Albanian minority. Among the… More ▸