Croatia to rebuild synagogue destroyed in WWII

The Croatian government and the city of Zagreb will finance the reconstruction of a synagogue that was leveled during World War II, when Croatia was a Nazi puppet state, officials said Wednesday. The new synagogue will be built at the site of the old one in downtown Zagreb - currently a parking lot run by the Jewish community. "We want to correct the historical error," said Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who met Croatian Jewish representatives late Tuesday. Croatia's wartime pro-Nazi regime blew up the synagogue, and the site was later confiscated by the communist authorities. The Croatian government returned the site to the Jewish community in 1999.