Wiesenthal Center Official Meets With Leading Serbian Orthodox Bishop to Discuss Efforts to Prosecute Escaped Nazi War Criminals and Fight Against Islamic Fundamentalism

Novy Sad – The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, met here today with Bishop Iriney, the bishop of the Bačka district, to update him on the Center’s efforts to bring escaped Nazi war criminals to justice and the ongoing efforts to combat fundamentalist Islamic anti-Semitism.

In a meeting held at Bishop Iriney’s headquarters, Zuroff sought to enlist the support of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the Center’s effort to enlist the active involvement of the Serbian government in its campaign to bring escaped Nazi war criminals to justice, and especially Milivoj Asner (former Požega, Croatia police chief now in Austria) and Ivo Rojnica (former Ustasha governor of Dubrovnik, Croatia, now in Buenos Aires), both of whom committed serious crimes against Serbs, Jews and Gypsies during World War II. Bishop Iriney expressed the unqualified support of the Orthodox Church for these efforts, praised the Center’s dedication to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, and said that he would speak to Serbian leaders to encourage them to take legal measures against Asner and Rojnica.

Zuroff also discussed the rising threat to Israel and Jewish communities worldwide of the increasingly threatening anti-Semitism against Europe and the fundamentalists of Judeo-Christian civilization. Bishop Iriney expressed his unequivocal revulsion at this wave of the hate directed at Jews and Israel and promised to continue his efforts to combat this ugly phenomenon.

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