Slavko Goldstein

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Slavko Goldstein
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Born (1928-08-22) 22 August 1928 (age 88)
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nationality Croatian
Occupation Writer
Political party Croatian Social Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Vera Goldstein (deceased); 2 children
Relatives Danko (brother), Ivo Goldstein (son) Pavle Goldstein (son)

Slavko Goldstein (born 22 August 1928) is a Croatian Jewish writer,[1] publisher, and politician.[2]

Early life[edit]

Slavko Goldstein was born in Sarajevo. His family was originally from Tuzla. He spent his childhood in Karlovac, where his father Ivo was notable bookseller.[3]

During World War II[edit]

At the beginning of the Second World War, his father, Ivo, was murdered by the Ustaše at the Jadovno concentration camp.[4] Slavko, his mother Lea, and his brother Daniel ("Danko") escaped and joined the Partisans with whom they stayed until the end of the war. Slavko was an active member of the combat units. Lea Goldstein was a nurse, and Danko was a courier. When the war ended, Slavko was a 17 years old Lieutenant.[5]

Later years[edit]

After the World War II, Goldstein participated in the war for Israel independence as a member of Israel Defense Forces. He lived a few years in a kibbutz. In the mid 1950s he returned to Yugoslavia. He studied literature and philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, but he never graduated.[6]


Goldstein worked as a journalist, editor and writer in many Croatian newspapers. He wrote screenplays for several Yugoslav World War II films such as Signal Over the City (Signali nad gradom, 1960) and Operation Stadium (Akcija stadion; 1977, co-written with Dušan Vukotić).[7][8] He edited more than 150 books, and as a publisher, he worked on about 400 titles.[9]


From 2001 to 2005 he was the president of the Council of the Jasenovac Memorial Center. He was a founder of the Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) and was the party's first president, from 1989-90.[10] He and his son Ivo, a notable Croatian historian, were involved in the efforts to reconstruct the Zagreb Synagogue.[11]


  • Okrug Karlovac 1941; (with I. Butković and M. Bekić), 1965.
  • Holokaust u Zagrebu; 2001.
  • 1941. – Godina koja se vraća; 2007.
  • Jasenovac and Bleiburg are not the same; 2011 (with his son Ivo Goldstein)
  • Josip Broz Tito; 2015. (with his son Ivo Goldstein)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff. "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database: Slavko Goldstein". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Slavko Goldstein profile". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ 1941 - Year That Keeps Returning (Croatian: 1941. – Godina koja se vraća) review,; accessed 23 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Ivo Izchak Goldstein". Pages of testimony by Daniel Ivin (Danko Goldstein), son of Slavko Goldstein. Yad Vashem. 
  5. ^ Profile of Slavko Goldstein,; accessed 23 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Slavko Goldstein - Več". Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  7. ^ "Signali nad gradom". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Akcija "Stadion"". Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Slavko Goldstein - Hrvatsko Društvo Pisaca". 22 August 1928. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Croatian Jews hope elections will end area's isolation". 7 January 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Pandža, Gordan (15 September 2006). "Sinagogu u Zagrebu gradit će obje općine" (PDF). Vjesnik (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 May 2009.