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  • Jews of Yugoslavia Avoid Stance on Bosnia

    As fighting continues to rage in Bosnia, the Jews of neighboring Yugoslavia are doing their best to avoid taking sides in the conflict. “Of course, we are against the war,” Aca Singer, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia, said in a recent interview. “But we do not want to support one side… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Joins French Official on Interfaith Mission to Yugoslavia

    The head of the European Jewish Congress accompanied a French Cabinet minister this week on a peace mission to Yugoslavia that is an outgrowth of interfaith efforts initiated by the congress in November. Humanitarian Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner asked Kahn Jean to join him and to continue efforts undertaken by the World Jewish Congress to… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Ready to Evacuate Jews of Yugoslavia, if Necessary

    Contingency plans have been drawn up to transfer the Jewish community of strife-torn Yugoslavia to Israel, according to Uri Gordon, head of the Jewish Agency’s Immigration Department. “The establishment here is prepared. But it depends on the Jews there,” he said. Yugoslavia is in the throes of civil war. Fighting has been especially fierce in… More ▸

  • Jews Face No Special Peril in Yugoslavia’s Civil War

    Small enclaves of Jews have been caught in the cross fire of Yugoslavia’s civil war in Croatia, Slovenia and elsewhere in the strife-torn Balkan nation. Yet for the time being, Jews seem in no greater peril than the general population, according to a spokesperson for the community. “The situation for Jews is the same as… More ▸

  • Yugoslavia’s Jews Taking Measures As Precaution Against Civil War

    Yugoslavia’s 6,500-member Jewish community is taking emergency measures as a precaution against the all-out civil war that threatens to tear apart this Balkan nation composed of several ethnic groups. But while the danger of being caught in the middle of the armed conflict is always possible, the Jews have not been singled out for attack…. More ▸

  • Separatist Upheval in Yugoslavia Not Threatening Jewish Community

    Yugoslavia’s Jewish population has so far not been affected by the week-old separatist fighting between the Slovenian republic and the Yugoslav army, according to reports from Jewish organizations monitoring the region. The majority of the country’s estimated 6,500 Jews are located in Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo. Until Tuesday, Jews were far from the conflict that… More ▸

  • Youth Magazine in Yugoslavia Sued for Printing ‘protocols’

    A prominent member of the tiny Jewish community in Slovenia has sued the youth magazine Tribuna for publishing the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a notorious anti-Semitic forgery that originated in Czarist Russia at the turn of the century. Mladen Svarc, whose father was president of the Jewish community, brought the suit saying he… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Jews Find Themselves in Middle of Ethnic Rivalries in Yugoslavia

    There is concern among some Yugoslav Jews that the complex ethnic and political rivalries besetting Yugoslavia may be placing its tiny Jewish community in a delicate and potentially difficult situation. “Jews have been used as short change in internal ethnic conflicts,” one Jewish source put it bluntly. Yugoslavia is a loose federation of six republics… More ▸

  • Hebrew is Popular in Yugoslavia, but Few of the Students Are Jewish

    Hebrew schools are flourishing in Yugoslavia. But the majority of the pupils and at least one of the teachers are non-Jews, according to the one and only rabbi in this Balkan nation of fewer than 5,000 Jews. The surging interest in Hebrew studies here comes as a surprise to Rabbi Cadik Danon, who is hard… More ▸