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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 ▸