Zora Dirnbach

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Zora Dirnbach
Born (1929-08-22) 22 August 1929 (age 85)
Osijek, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Nationality Croat
Alma mater University of Zagreb
Occupation Writer
Relatives Samuel and Marija Dirnbach
Gertruda (Trudi) Dirnbach

Zora Dirnbach (born 22 August 1929) is Croatian Jewish[1] journalist and writer.

Dirnbach was born in Osijek on 22 August 1929 to a Jewish father and Austrian-born Catholic mother who converted to Judaism in 1922.[2][3][4][5] She was raised with her sister Gertruda. Dirnbach studied art history at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb. Since 1949, Dirnbach has worked as a journalist and editor of the cultural section at the daily newspapers, and Radio Zagreb. Since 1958, she worked as a dramatist on Radio Zagreb first channel, and since 1963 to 1991 as a dramatist and editor of television drama program on Radio-Television Zagreb (now Croatian Radiotelevision). Dirnbach is author of three feature film scenarios, more than a dozen radio plays, TV dramas, TV movies, two series, adaptation and translation of a large number of radio and TV dramas. As an associate, Dirnbach taught TV dramaturgy for several years at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb. She is an author of several novels and collections of short stories. Through her life Dirnbach was inspired by the tragedy of Shoah, personal and family tragedy, as she gave invaluable contribution to the Jewish community in Croatia. With the extensive involvement at the Council of the Jewish community Zagreb, she led the Committee for Information at the Jewish community Zagreb and gave a special contribution to the Zagreb Jewish society.[5][6] Although Dirnbach was christened by her family during World War II in an attempt to save her life, she stated that she consider herself to be an atheist Croatian Jew. Her mother and sister survived the Holocaust while many members of her family did not.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database: Zora Dirnbach". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ivo Goldstein (2001, pp. 486, 487)
  3. ^ a b "Zora Dirnbach: 'Čekala sam 20 godina ‘Deveti krug’" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 
  4. ^ Snješka Knežević (2011, p. 112)
  5. ^ a b (Croatian) Ha-Kol (Glasilo Židovske zajednice u Hrvatskoj); Nataša Maksimović Subašić; Zora Dirnbach – Svjetionik s one strane nacionalizma; stranica 4, 5, 6, 7; broj 110, lipanj / srpanj / kolovoz 2009.
  6. ^ "'Manjinama danas nije bitno bolje nego pod Tuđmanom'" (in Croatian). Nacional. 


  • Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 978-953-174-393-8. 
  • Goldstein, Ivo (2001). Holokaust u Zagrebu. Zagreb: Novi Liber. ISBN 953-6045-19-2. 

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