Zuroff supports calls for replacement of Croatian culture minister

The director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Efraim Zuroff, has supported an appeal for the replacement of Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic over his pro-Ustasha statements, the Belgrade-based B92 television reported on Sunday.

That someone who supports or is nostalgic about the Ustasha movement can be a government minister in an EU member-state is unbelievable. He did not say that he had made a mistake, because he was young, he made statements that make it obvious that he sympathises with the rightists, Zuroff said in an interview with B92 in Tel Aviv.

Hasanbegovic, Zuroff claims, identifies more with Bleiburg than with Jasenovac.

Hasanbegovic is not the only problem, the problem is that in Croatia today legitimacy is given to statements that are entirely fascist. The proposal to introduce the salute "For the homeland, ready" in the army, teaching about the Ustasha regime as something positive - that means that something is very, very wrong in Croatia, Zuroff said, adding that the Croatian government was not doing anything despite all the criticism, appeals by French intellectuals and protests by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The regime that committed genocide against Serbs, Jews and Roma has not been condemned properly, he said, among other things.

Last update: Mon, 13/06/2016 - 09:42
Author: 

More from Croatia

PM says hasn't heard of any better model for INA buyout than HEP IPO

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic repeated in the parliament on Tuesday that the government planned to buy back...

Number of visiting cruise ships in 11 months of 2016 higher than in 2015

In the first 11 months of 2016, 813 cruise ships visited Croatian ports, 45 more than in 2015, and aboard those...

Task force to be formed to draw up law on financing of local self-government units

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric has said that next week he will propose appointing a task force to draw up a new law...

Hungarian icebreakers arriving on Danube in Croatia

Two Hungarian icebreakers are arriving on the Danube in Croatia this afternoon because of low air temperatures which...

Veterans, Tudjman, Racan deserve credit for Croatia's int'l recognition, SDP official says

The City of Rijeka and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County on Monday organised a commemoration in the northern Adriatic...