Mihael Montiljo

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Mihael Montiljo
Personal details
Born (1928-05-16)16 May 1928
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Died 17 December 2006(2006-12-17) (aged 78)
Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality Croat
Alma mater University of Zagreb
Occupation Lawyer, activist, politician

Mihael Mišo Montiljo (16 May 1928 – 17 December 2006) was Croatian cultural activist, assistant to foreign minister of Croatia and vice president of the Bet Israel community in Zagreb.[1][2]

Montiljo was born on May 16, 1928 in Sarajevo to a poor Sephardic Jewish family of Isak and Sara (née Papo) Montiljo. His ancestors emigrated from Spain and settled in Sarajevo 500 years ago when they fled the Spanish inquisition.[3] In 1941, during World War II, Montiljo and his family were imprisoned at the Sarajevo camp. Montiljo later escaped to Dalmatia, where in 1943 he was again imprisoned, but this time at the Rab concentration camp. After successful escape in September 1943, he joined the Partisans. After the war, Montiljo attended and finished the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. For more than 30 years he worked on the protocol and consular affairs for the Socialist Republic of Croatia government. He was engaged in international public law as a consultant and assistant foreign relations. From 1990 to 1992, Montiljo worked as assistant to foreign minister of Croatia. Montiljo founded the "Croatian-Israeli society", choir "Lira", and was active member of the Jewish Community in Zagreb before he founded the Jewish community "Bet Israel" with Ivo and Slavko Goldstein.[4][5][6][7][8]

For his cultural contribution, Montiljo was awarded with Order of Danica Hrvatska by President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić.[4][5] Montiljo died in Zagreb on December 17, 2006 and was buried at the Mirogoj Cemetery.[9]


  1. ^ Nila Ginger Hofman (2005, p. 96)
  2. ^ "Umro Mihael Montiljo". Novi list (in Croatian). December 16, 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ Ognjen Kraus (1998, p. 249)
  4. ^ a b "In memoriam - Mišo Montiljo". Bet Israel Jewish community in Zagreb (in Croatian). December 18, 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  5. ^ a b (in Croatian) Lucija Božić (18 December 2006). "Umro Mihael Montiljo" (in Croatian). Nacional. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "18.12.2006". President of Croatia (in Croatian). December 18, 2006. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database: Mihael Montiljo". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Jaša Romano (1980, p. 444)
  9. ^ (in Croatian) Gradska groblja Zagreb: Mihajlo Montiljo, Mirogoj Ž-9-II/I-106


  • Hofman, Nila Ginger (2005). Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). ISBN 978-07391-1330-1. 
  • Kraus, Ognjen (1998). Dva stoljeća povijesti i kulture Židova u Zagrebu i Hrvatskoj. Zagreb: Židovska općina Zagreb. ISBN 953-96836-2-9. 
  • Romano, Jaša (1980). Jevreji Jugoslavije 1941-1945: žrtve genocida i učesnici narodnooslobodilačkog rata. Beograd: Jevrejski Istorijski Muzej, Saveza jevrejskih opština Jugoslavije.