Slovenian court voids Nazi collaborator’s treason conviction

A court in Slovenia voided the treason conviction of a Nazi collaborator who was executed in Yugoslavia shortly after World War II.

The Supreme Court of Slovenia, nullified the 1946 conviction of Leon Rupnik, the director of the Jewish Cultural Centre of the capital Ljubljana wrote in a statement. The court ordered a retrial for Rupnik, the Nazis’ puppet ruler for Slovenia.

“We were shocked and deeply concerned to learn about the decision,” the JCC’s director, Robert Waltl, wrote.

The court ruled that Rupnik’s trial by the judiciary under Yugoslavia’s communist rulers was unjust.

Rupnik has inveighed often against Jews, calling on listeners to “do battle with them.”

Rupnik’s police under the leadership of Lovro Hacin, likewise sentenced and executed in 1946 as a war criminal, organized the arrests and deportations of the remaining Slovenian Jews in Ljubljana and its vicinity in the years 1943 and 1944, according to the local Jewish community.


Subscribe to the EJC newsletter

Get the EJC newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

browse by community