8 October 1945|
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)
|Died||23 February 2016
|Political party||Democratic Centre (formerly: Croatian Democratic Union, League of Communists of Yugoslavia)|
|Relations||Rikard Lang (father)|
|Alma mater||University of Zagreb|
Slobodan Lang (8 October 1945 – 23 February 2016) was a Croatian physician, professor, diplomat, Member of Parliament, politician and Adviser for Humanitarian Issues of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman.
Background and education
Lang was born on 8 October 1945 in Zagreb. His father was a prominent Croatian university professor, Rikard Lang, and his mother was from the notable Sorkočević family of Dubrovnik. Lang's paternal grandfather Ignjat Lang was president of the Jewish community of Vinkovci and his grandmother Terezija was a housewife.
In 1941, a Dominican priest Hijacint Bošković, attempted to rescue the Langs from Nazi persecution. Bošković traveled from Dubrovnik to Vinkovci with a special permit that allowed him to relocate the Langs to Dubrovnik. Lang's grandfather refused to leave, saying he "was the president of Jews in peace and he will stay one in the war". Both of Lang's grandparents were killed at Jasenovac during the Holocaust.
Later life and career
From 1986-90, Lang was a member of the executive council of the city of Zagreb and secretary of the secretariat of health. He co-organized the Libertas convoy in 1991 during the Croatian War of Independence to bring humanitarian aid to besieged Dubrovnik. In 1991, Lang organized a protest against the JNA in Zagreb and a protest against anti-semitism.
He was president of the Croatian Healthy Cities Network and vice president of the Croatian Association of Public Health, as well as a member of several editorial boards of medical and other journals, member of the Committee for Human Rights and Peace of Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, honorary member of the Croatian Red Cross and honorary member of the Croatian Helsinki Committee. Lang was President of the assembly of the Croatian-American Society. He was the author of more than 100 professional and scientific articles, and authored and co-authored several books.
Lang was a personal adviser to President Franjo Tuđman for humanitarian affairs in the period from 1993 until 2000. Lang was a member of the Zagreb Jewish community. On February 12, 2010, he was seriously injured in a car accident, but he recovered from his injuries.
In 2012, Lang criticized the statements of Croatia President Ivo Josipović when the latter addressed the Israeli Knesset on February 2012 and apologized for the crimes committed against the Jews in Croatia during World War II. Lang accused Josipović of left wing antisemitism, and of insulting Croats, Jews and Franjo Tuđman for not recognising the communist crimes of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia against the Croats and Jews.
Lang stated: "Josipović spoke in the Knesset without truth, justice, accountability and good for Croatia, Israel and the world. President Ivo Josipović was supposed to deliver a speech in Israel about the two small nations who have shown that there are no small nations. Members of the Knesset should have heard about the pride of Croats from the man whom the Croatian people entrusted to speak about the truth and good, to present the Croatian experience of suffering, trials, persecutions and slander, with the aim of joint efforts for the good of our peoples and for the good of all mankind."
- Slobodan Lang, službena stranica Demokratskog centra (In Croatian)
- "Preminuo poznati hrvatski liječnik i političar Slobodan Lang". Telegram.hr. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
- Globus, 21 June 1992; retrieved 30 April 2011.
"Moja baka Terezija Lang i moj djed Ignjat Lang bili su Židovi. Živjeli su u Vinkovcima. On je bio predsjednik Židovske općine, a ona vrlo poštovana domaćica i gospođa predratnih Vinkovaca. Rat su dočekali u Vinkovcima. Godine 1941. fra Hijacint Bošković, jedan od cijenjenih dubrovačkih i hrvatskih dominikanaca, izvanredno se angažirao u pokušaju da ih spasi. S tom je svrhom putovao iz Dubrovnika u Vinkovce. Sa sobom je imao posebnu dozvolu da moga djeda i baku povede u Dubrovnik. Od najranijeg djetinjstva odgajan sam u osjećaju zahvalnosti prema fra Hijacintu, dominikancima i svim fratrima. Nažalost, ponos cijele obitelji, moj djed, odbio je napustiti Vinkovce, rekavši fra Hijacintu: "Bio sam predsjednik Židova u miru i ostat ću to i u ratu." Već sam prije opisao kako je ubijen. Moja baka, zajedno s njim, odvedena je u koncentracioni logor, premda je već bolovala od zloćudne bolesti. U logoru joj, međutim, nisu dopustili ni da umre od te bolesti, nego su je na strašan način ubili."
- "Slobodan Lang intervju". www.veritas.hr (in Croatian). Veritas.
- "U Hrvatskoj nije prepoznato dobro". www.matica.hr (in Croatian). Matica hrvatska.
- "Prof Slobodan Lang" (PDF). www.zdravigradovi.com.hr (in Croatian). Zdravi gradovi.
- "'Doc.dr. Slobodan Lang, Životopis voditelja'". www.lmhs.snz.hr (in Croatian). Međunarodni studij menadžmenta u zdravstvu.
- "Slobodan Lang teško stradao vraćajući se s mise za Stepinca". www.jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Jutarnji list.
- "Slobodan Lang: Josipovićev govor u Knessetu primjer je lijevog antisemitizma". www.hrsvijet.net (in Croatian).
- "Dr Slobodan Lang o predsjednikovu govoru u Izraelu". www.hkv.hr (in Croatian). Hrvatski list.