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18.3.2017. 9:59
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Croatian Jews to boycott concentration camp commemoration


The Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities of Croatia, the country’s umbrella Jewish organisation and EJC affiliate, will not take part in the annual state-backed commemoration in April at the site of the former Croatian fascist concentration camp in Jasenovac.


Last year, the group also boycotted the state commemoration – along with the bulk of the Serbian minority and anti-fascist associations – due to the government’s alleged leniency towards those sympathetic to the WWII Croatian fascist Ustasa regime, which ran the camp.


“We won’t take part in the national commemoration again; we have made such a decision. Not only has nothing changed in relation to the situation as it was a year ago, but things continue to escalate,” the committee’s president Ognjen Kraus, told Novi List.


The Serbian National Council, which represents the bulk of Croatia’s Serbs, has yet to decide whether to boycott this year’s commemoration.


The Croatian Alliance of Anti-Fascist Fighters and Anti-Fascists and various Roma associations have also yet to voice their position on this year’s commemoration.


Acting upon racial laws against Serbs, Jews and Roma – modelled upon Nazi legislation – the Ustasa killed over 83,000 Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascists at Jasenovac between 1941 and 1945.
 

He said that the group would organise its own commemoration at Jasenovac instead, like it did last year.