Croatia Assures ADL That Makers of 'Hitler' Sugar Packets Will Be Prosecuted
New York, NY, February 27, 2007 … The Government of Croatia has assured the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that an investigation is underway in the production and distribution of sugar packets bearing an image of Adolf Hitler and Holocaust "jokes," which appeared last week in some cafés in Croatia.
In a prompt response to a letter from ADL, Neven Jurica, the Croatian Ambassador to the United States called the incident "disgusting" and indicated that his government had launched an investigation. Anyone deemed responsible for the production or distribution of the packets would be prosecuted, he said.
"I assure you that the government of the Republic of Croatia condemns this incident, as well as any behavior intending to insult people of various beliefs, ethnicity or faith," wrote Ambassador Jurica. "Moreover, representatives of the Government are in constant contact with members of the Jewish community in Zagreb with whom they work closely on this issue."
According to the Croatian Embassy, the sugar packets first surfaced in a café in the town of Gospic, which were traced to a sugar packaging facility in the town of Pozega.
The League wrote the Croatian Embassy on February 20 after reports of the sugar packets first surfaced. "Given Croatia's history during World War II, when thousands of Jews, Serbs, Roma and anti-fascists Croats were murdered in concentration camps by the Nazi-allied Ustasha regime, it is shocking that such a product would appear in cafés in Croatia," wrote ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman, and ADL National Chair, Glen Lewy.
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