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Jews in Croatia seek justice over confiscated property

May 13, 2024

In the 20th century, many Croatian Jews had property confiscated first by the Fascists and then by the Communists. Decades later, their relations are still fighting for justice.


Before World War II, there were about 25,000 Jews living in Croatia. Much of their wealth and property was confiscated by the fascist Ustasha regime, which cooperated with the Nazis. The little that remained was then confiscated by the Communists after the war. 

Today, about 1,700 Jews remain in Croatia. Some of them now want compensation for the property taken from their families.

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Andrea Jung-Grimm Editor, writer and reporter for DW's Programs for Europe department