1 February 2010
Wiesenthal Center’s Chief-Nazi Hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff Awarded State Decoration by Croatian President Stjepan Mesić
Zagreb – The Simon Wiesenthal Center has announced that its Chief Nazi-hunter, Israel Director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, has been awarded an official Croatian state decoration by President Mesić in a ceremony held here today at the presidential residence. According to the official announcement made by the office of the president, the Order of Trpimir with Ribbon and Star was conferred on Zuroff for:
“his outstanding contribution to the fight against historical revisionism and [the] re-assertion of the anti-fascist foundation of the modern-day Republic of Croatia and for the establishment of good relations between the Republic of Croatia and State of Israel.”
In his acceptance remarks, Zuroff thanked President Mesić for this courageous leadership in combating neo-fascism and Ustasha nostalgia in Croatia and noted the significance of the trial of former Jasenovac commandant Dinko Sakić, which he referred to as “the most important trial of a local Nazi collaborator ever conducted in Post-Communist Europe.”
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Republic of Croatia
Pursuant to Article 97 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and Article 2, Paragraph 1, of the Decorations and Awards Act of the Republic of Croatia (the official gazette "Narodne novine" No. 20/95, 57/06 and 141/06), I hereby enact a
D E C I S I O N
on the conferment of the
Order of Prince Trpimir with Ribbon and Star
for his outstanding contribution to the fight against historical revisionism and reassertion of the anti-fascist foundation of the modern-day Republic of Croatia and to establishment of good relations between the Republic of Croatia and the State of Israel.
Ref. No.: 71-05-04/1-10-01
Zagreb, 15 January 2010
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA