Jews commemorate ‘Croatian Auschwitz,’ fearing far-right surge
Community says authorities have failed to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology in the country
Former Croatian President Ivo Josipovic lays a wreath of flowers at a memorial in Jasenovac, Croatia, on April 15, 2016. (AFP photo/Stringer)
JASENOVAC, Croatia — Jews mourned victims of Croatia’s most notorious World War II death camp on Friday, boycotting next week’s official commemorations as they accuse authorities of failing to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology.
Jewish association chief Ognjen Kraus said the unprecedented snubbing of the annual ceremony at Jasenovac, due next Friday, comes as authorities turn a blind eye to moves from right-wing Croatians to downplay the crimes of the Nazi-era Ustasha regime.