There was a near-full house at the Sydney Jewish Museum including several Holocaust survivors who were born in Bosnia and Serbia. They were enthusiastic in the welcome of the bishop. Also present were many Serbian Orthodox Christians, including clergy and a considerable number of young people. The Serbian Consul General also attended.
Jovan's reputation as a scholar of the Holocaust and modern Yugoslav / Balkan history places him in a unique position. As part of his determination to ensure due honour and respect is given to those who died he invited the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, to visit Slavonia, and come to the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp in September this year. Bartholomew came.
He was recently appointed a member of the Vatican-Serbian-Croatian Commission to study the life of the controversial Archbishop of Zagreb, Aloysius Stepanic (1898-1960). I will post an entry on Stepanic after this one.
This the transcript of what I said last night.