Representatives of Croatia’s Serb and Jewish communities rejected an invitation from Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to hold a joint commemoration of victims of the World War II concentration camp at Jasenovac in April.
Croatian Serbs and rights campaigners visited the former World War II camps at Stara Gradiska and Jasenovac to honour to Partisan resistance fighter Nada Dimic, who was executed by the Ustasa at the age of 19.
Croatia’s foreign ministry issued a statement condemning Austrian media for its reports on the annual Bleiburg commemorations, which mark the killing of Croatian Nazi collaboration troops and civilians captured at the end of WWII.
An Austrian diocese banned a Catholic mass near the town of Bleiburg during annual commemorations of the killing of Croatian Nazi collaboration troops and civilians captured at the end of WWII, saying the event is being used for nationalist purposes.
From the next school year, all Croatian pupils will be given civic education lessons, and the Ministry of Science and Education has recommended that they visit the WWII Jasenovac concentration camp site as part of their studies.
Many Croatian schoolchildren know little about crimes committed under the country’s World War II-era fascist regime – but experts claim that the revisionist political environment is more to blame than the education system.
The European Court of Human Rights dismissed a lawsuit against Croatia filed by footballer Josip Simunic, who claimed he was wrongly fined for chanting a slogan associated with the WWII fascist Ustasa movement at an international match.