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Slovenian court voids executed Nazi collaborator’s 1946 treason conviction

JTA: — 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, a European Union member on Italy’s eastern border, nullified the 1946 conviction of Leon Rupnik last week, the director of the Jewish Cultural Center of the capital Ljubljana wrote in a statement.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel criticized the decision to annul the 1946 conviction of Rupnik explaining that he headed the Provisional Government of the Nazi-occupied Province of Ljubljana and played a major role in the arrest and deportation of Jews from Ljubljana in 1943 and 1944.

Robert Waltl, director of the Ljubljana JCC said he was “shocked and deeply concerned to learn about the decision.”

Robert Waltl, Director of Jewish Museum and Synagogue in Ljubljana © David Enzel, 2019

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