The Simon Wiesenthal Center today announced that its “Operation: Last Chance” project would continue in Croatia despite the receipt during the past week of death threats against its organizers and other leading public figures.
In a statement issued in Jerusalem by Chief Nazi hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, who coordinates “Operation: Last Chance” worldwide, the Center reiterated its determination to continue the project which was launched in Zagreb on June 30.
“If anything, these threats only reinforce our intention to attempt to maximize the prosecution of Nazi war criminals in Croatia and clearly demonstrate why such a project is so important,” said Zuroff, who was among those threatened with murder by the “Anti-Jewish movement,” a hereto unknown right-wing extremist group. The threats were sent to Zoran Pusic, president of the Civic Committee for Human Rights which is the Wiesenthal Center’s local partner in “Operation: Last Chance,” as well as to Nenad Puhovski, chairman of the local Helsinki Committee and Croatian Justice Minister Vesna Skare-Ozbolt. They warned that if any Croatian will be arrested, jailed or harmed as a result of “Operation: Last Chance” they will begin murdering Croatian Jews.
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