Wiesenthal Center Urges Croatian Government to Reverse Decision to Bar Serbian President From Visiting Jasenovac

July 17, 2022

Jerusalem - The Simon Wiesenthal Center today urged the Croatian government to reverse its decision to prohibit Serbian President Alexander Vučić from visiting the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp.

In a letter sent today to Croatian ambassador to Israel Ms. Vesela Mrđen Korać by the Center's director of Eastern European Affairs, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, he stressed the potential negative results of such a decision.

According to Zuroff:

"Needless to say, I assume that your government is fully aware of the fact that the largest number of victims at Jasenovac were Serbs. Barring the President of Serbia from paying his respects to the victims is a cruel, incomprehensible measure which can only exacerbate tensions between Serbia and Croatia.

We strongly urge you to convey our letter to the responsible authorities in Zagreb and urge them to find a way to correct their unwise and very unfortunate decision."

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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