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Croatia's Jews boycott Holocaust Remembrance in protest

  • In this Jan. 26, 2017 photo, a detail of the plaque reads pro-nazi salute honoring Croatian fighters killed during the 1990s' war is put on a wall of a building in Jasenovac, near the site of wartime death camp in Croatia. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. The salute reads: "For the homeland - Ready!" (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    In this Jan. 26, 2017 photo, a detail of the plaque reads pro-nazi salute honoring Croatian fighters killed during the 1990s' war is put on a wall of a building in Jasenovac, near the site of wartime death camp in Croatia. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. The salute reads: "For the homeland - Ready!" (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Jan. 26, 2017 photo, the plaque containing a pro-nazi salute honoring Croatian fighters killed during the 1990s' war is put on a wall of a building in Jasenovac, near the site of wartime death camp in Croatia. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    In this Jan. 26, 2017 photo, the plaque containing a pro-nazi salute honoring Croatian fighters killed during the 1990s' war is put on a wall of a building in Jasenovac, near the site of wartime death camp in Croatia. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A wreath from Croatia's president, prime minister and the parliament speaker is laid at the monument for Jewish victims of WWII at "Mirogoj" cemetery in Zagreb, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    A wreath from Croatia's president, prime minister and the parliament speaker is laid at the monument for Jewish victims of WWII at "Mirogoj" cemetery in Zagreb, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Croatia's Jewish groups have boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

Croatia's Jewish community has boycotted the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony saying the conservative government is not doing enough to curb pro-Nazi sentiments in the country.

Ognjen Kraus, the coordinator of the Jewish communities in Croatia, says the decision was made after authorities failed to remove a plaque bearing a World War II Croatian pro-Nazi salute from the town of Jasenovac — the site of a wartime death camp where tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma perished.

The "For the homeland — Ready!" salute was used by WWII Croatian fascist troops. It was inscribed on the plaque in Jasenovac honoring Croatian fighters killed in the 1990s.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has described the issue as "delicate." A state delegation Friday laid a wreath at the Jewish cemetery in Zagreb.