Slavko Goldstein

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Slavko Goldstein
Born (1928-08-22) 22 August 1928 (age 86)
Sarajevo, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now: Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nationality Croatian
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Vera
Relatives Danijel Ivin (brother), Ivo Goldstein (son)

Slavko Goldstein (born 22 August 1928) is a Croatian writer,[1] publisher[2] and politician.[3]

Early life[edit]

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

During World War II[edit]

At the beginning of the Second World War his father was killed by Ustaše at the Jadovno concentration camp.[4] Slavko, his mother Lea and brother Daniel escaped and joined the Partisans with whome thay stayed until the end of the war. Slavko was an active member of the combat units, his mother was a nurse and brother was a courier. When the war ended, Slavko was only 17. He obtained the rank of lieutenant.

Life in Israel[edit]

After the WWII Goldstein participated in the war for Israel independence as a member of Israel Defense Forces. He lived a few years in a kibutz. 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.


Goldstein is working 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).[5][6] He edited more than 150 books, and as a publisher, he worked on about 400 titles.


He was a founder of the Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) and was the party's first president, from 1989 to 1990.[7]

He and his son Ivo, a notable Croatian historian, were involved in the efforts to reconstruct the Zagreb Synagogue.[8]

He was president of the Jewish religious organisation "Bet Israel" that was founded in 2007 after an internal conflict occurred in the Jewish community of Zagreb.

In year 2011 Slavko and his son Ivo published the book "Jasenovac and Bleiburg are not the same."


  • 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. ^ "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database: Slavko Goldstein". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Goldstein Slavko". Croatian Writers Society (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Ivo Izchak Goldstein". Pages of testimony by Daniel Ivin Goldstein (son) (Yad Vashem). 
  5. ^ (Serbian)
  6. ^ (Serbian)
  7. ^ "Croatian Jews hope elections will end area's isolation". 7 January 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Pandža, Gordan (15 September 2006). "Sinagogu u Zagrebu gradit će obje općine" (PDF). Vjesnik (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 May 2009.