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Belgrade Hosts Exhibition On Holocaust In Serbia

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From Balkan Insight >> An exhibition of photographs and documents, entitled “The Jewish camp in Zemun – Holocaust and Collaboration in Serbia”, opened at the Atrium Gallery of Belgrade City Library on Monday to mark the International Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust. The photographs and other archive material deal with the victims, those who collaborated with the German administration and the propagators of anti-Semitic ideology. Culture Minister Bratislav Petkovic said at the opening of the display that it should remind people of the “shameful propaganda” conducted in Serbia in the Second World War, which supported persecution of Jews. The more »

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Holocaust Memorial Day Marked In Serbia

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From ZeeNews >> Serbia marked the International Holocaust Remembrance Day by a central ceremony at Belgrade’s Staro Sajmiste concentration camp memorial to celebrate the day when the largest Nazi death camp in Europe- Auschwitz -Birkenau was liberated 68 years ago. The central ceremony held yesterday included laying wreaths and paying tributes to the victims of the Holocaust, and Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojsa Stefanovic said that this day needed to be a call to everybody to remember the victims because many brutal crimes had not been punished. “A monstrous plan to destroy the entire Jewish people, but also members of other more »

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Letter From Serbia: Matzo And Kackavalj Cheese

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From the Jewish Daily Forward Dragan Jankovic, a slim bespectacled man with a quick smile and thinning hair, is the living local repository of Jewish heritage in Pirot, an ancient market town in southeastern Serbia whose Jewish community was wiped out in the Holocaust. A photo-journalist who long worked for a local newspaper, Jankovic is a devout Christian, but became fascinated with Jewish history and culture as a student in Belgrade more than two decades ago. He made friends there at the Jewish Historical Museum, and since returning to Pirot he has spent years collecting material and memories about Jewish more »

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Israel, Between Serbia and Kosovo

From Haaretz Serbia has generated dichotomous associations in recent years: At one end stands the best tennis player in the world, and on the other the most notorious war criminal Europe has known since World War II. Novak Djokovic and Slobodan Milosevic. A collection of tennis titles and shiny winners’ cups, and piles of bodies and mass graves. These roughly delineate the immediate associations that Serbia has generated in recent years: At one end stands the best tennis player in the world, and on the other the most notorious war criminal Europe has known since World War II. Two events more »

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Serbia: Holocaust Remembrance Day Reports Still Emerging

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From Radio Srbija Serbian President Boris Tadic laid a wreath at the monument to victims of genocide in World War Two located inside the complex of the former concentration camp Old Fairground in Belgrade. The wreath-laying marked the beginning of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. Tihana Pavicevic has more. President Tadic said that “over six million Jews, innocent children, men and women of this nation, perished under the onslaught of blind hatred, political and religious fanaticism. This dark, cruel genocide, carried out by Hitler’s henchmen and domestic collaborators. The President said that Serbia will spare no effort to preserve more »

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Jewish Community of Niš, Serbia

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Below are links to information about the Jewish community of Niš, in southern Serbia. The Synagogue in Nish: http://www.makabijada.com/nishSinagoga.htm Problems preserving remains of the Nish Jewish cemetery: http://www.makabijada.com/NisEnglish.htm Featured press Reports on the community: http://www.makabijada.com/nisenglishcemetery.htm

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Jewish Communities of the Former Yugoslavia

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One of the most pleasurable results of running a blog, such as Lemberik, is that occasionally one chances upon new Eastern European Jewish community websites. One of these is the Bejahad initiative: http://www.bejahad.com/index.html. Though no detailed information in English exist (though an English version of the website is stated to be forthcoming), and I do not speak Croatian, I gather that the purpose of Bejahad is to bridge and maintain links between Jewish communities found in the former Yugoslavia nation states. A very interesting initiative: if anyone happens to have more information, please contact me. Below is a loose, ‘Google’, more »

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked in Belgrade

From B92 Serbian President Boris Tadić laid a wreath at the monument to WWII victims inside the complex of the former concentration camp Staro sajmište in Belgrade. The wreath-laying marked the beginning of the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. The president said that history of the Nazi crimes must not be revised and that ideology of racism and chauvinism must not be revived because Serbia was an open and democratic society. “There is no room in Serbia for those who committed crimes against humanity, against people and crimes such as those in Treblinka, Auschwitz, Novi Sad, Staro sajmište, and Jajinci,” he more »

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