Jewish Women in the Former Yugoslavia

By Ana Lebl

Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, November 1, 1999

The author provides an overview of Jewish history in the former Yugoslavia, with an emphasis on the lives and activities of women. Until the Holocaust, the diverse Jewish community prospered and Jewish women's organizations multiplied and grew. Jewish women were active in organizing and providing aid, in supplies and medical work, in every Balkan war. After the decimation of the Holocaust, only a fraction of the community remained. Yugoslavia enjoyed relative freedom of movement and freedom of religion under the Soviet regime, however, and eventually some women's organizations were rebuilt and were able to continue their benevolent work throughout the modern conflicts, even at the high point of violence in Sarajevo. Each of the new countries continues to have its own women's organizations, even in smaller communities like Split, where the Jewish population is only 120.

Topic: History, Jewish Organizations, Women

Name of Publication: Working Paper Series

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: Yugoslavia

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lebl, Ana. Jewish Women in the Former Yugoslavia. Working Paper Series. Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women. 1 November 1999:


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