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  • Croatian Jews Plan to Build Center on Site of Old Synagogue

    The Jewish community in Croatia’s capital is planning to build a cultural center on the site of a synagogue that was destroyed during World War II. Plans for the center include a sanctuary, a memorial to Holocaust victims, a Jewish museum, as well as commercial enterprises. The Jewish community is collecting information about potential investors… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Croatian Jews Hope Elections Will End Country’s Era of Isolation

    The Jewish community here is welcoming the results of Croatia’s parliamentary elections, hoping that the change of government will end their country’s isolation. The apparent victory of a center-left coalition in Monday’s elections marks the end of a highly nationalistic regime led by the late President Franjo Tudjman. The coalition, which includes the Social Democrats,… More ▸

  • Croatia to Revisit Wartime Past As Camp Commander Stands Trial

    Croatia’s determination to confront its fascist past will be tested this week, when the trial of a commander of the country’s largest World War II concentration camp begins. On Thursday, Dinko Sakic, a commander at Jasenovac — known as the “Auschwitz of the Balkans” — will be indicted on charges of mistreating, killing and ordering… More ▸

  • Pope Beatifies Controversial Wartime Croatian Archbishop

    Pope John Paul II has beatified a controversial cardinal revered by Croatians as an anti-Communist martyr but reviled by others as a fascist collaborator. The pope, on a two-day visit to Croatia, proclaimed Zagreb’s World War II archbishop Alojzije Stepinac a “blessed” of the Roman Catholic Church — the step before sainthood — before an… More ▸

  • 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 ▸