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Luncheon: President of Croatia on Reconciliation & Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, May 2

Reconciliation and Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes

His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipović, President, Republic of Croatia

His Excellency Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, won the Presidential elections on 10 January 2010 and took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Croatia on 18 February 2010.

As a legal expert he took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. He was an associate-expert of the Council of Europe for monitoring prison systems in a number of countries. As a legal expert he drafted or codrafted a number of Croatian legislative bills and he represented Croatia before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He participated in a number of international projects, and as an expert of the Council of Europe participated in the evaluation of prisons in Ukraine, Mongolia and Azerbaijan. Prior to his election to the office of the President Josipović was a university professor, a member of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. He taught Criminal Procedure Law, International Penal Law and Misdemeanour Law. His special fields of interest include: penal law, criminal procedure, misdemeanour, international penal law, war crimes, international courts, human rights, fight against corruption and organised crime.

At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has composed some 50 compositions for different ensembles (symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, soloists) that are performed by eminent Croatian and foreign artists, published as sheet music or some twenty sound storage media. He has received Croatian and international artistic prizes and awards, inter alia, the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

12:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking Reception

12:15 p.m.
Luncheon, Formal Remarks, and Q&A

1:45 p.m.

$50 Members
$60 Nonmembers

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Film: The Righteous Enemy, Cassidy Theater, January 28

The Righteous Enemy

At the height of World War II, while the Nazis and most of their allies were deporting and exterminating the Jews of Europe, some 40,000 found protection in the most unlikely of places: territories occupied by the army of Fascist Italy. In areas under their occupation in Croatia, France and Greece, Italian soldiers and diplomats refused to collaborate in the “Final Solution”, despite orders from Mussolini himself to comply with the German requests.

This documentary film takes the form of a personal investigation by the director, Joseph Rochlitz, whose father, Imre Rochlitz was saved by the Italians in occupied Croatia. The film widens out to describe the Italian rescue efforts in France and Greece between 1941 and 1943, and seeks to understand the motives behind this extraordinary Italian attitude. Produced in 1987 and re-edited in 1994, this documentary includes rare interviews with some of the protagonists of the Italian rescue efforts, as well as the testimony of Jews saved by their actions.

Historical consultants appearing in the film are Menachem Shelah (Yad Vashem, Israel) and Serge Klarsfeld, the French lawyer and historian. The wartime memoirs of Imre Rochlitz, Accident of Fate, on which this documentary is based, are scheduled to be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2011.

Directed by Joseph Rochlitz, 57 minutes. Presented with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Jan 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago, IL 60602
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27th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

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Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival for films for children in North America.
Bellow is a short digest of some of the films from the CEERES regions of the world.
Follow this link to a different post about Russian films.

Saturday, October 23:
Log Jam: “KJFG No. 5” (Hungary) – 9:30am
Ice Master (Latvia) – 11:00am
Head Dwellers Part 2: “Neighboring” (Hungary) – 1:00pm

Sunday, October 24:
Dog and Flea (Croatia) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 11:00am
The Widely Travelled Little Mouse (Hungary) – 11:00am
Correctional Facility for Parents (Croatia) – 1:00pm
Alarm Clock (Croatia) – 3:00pm
In the Attic (Czech Republic) – 7:00pm
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 30
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
How the Bunny Didn’t Turn to Be Someone Else (Russia) – 9:30am
Two Princesses (Russia) – 11:00am
Cello (Russia) – 1:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 3:00pm
The Most Scary Animal (Russia) – 3:00pm

Sunday, October 31
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
Polish Fairy Tales: “Winter Fairies” (Poland) – 9:30am
Blue Magic (Croatia) – 1:00pm

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World Renowned Croatian Classical Guitarist Srdjan Bulat to Perform Live in Chicago, May 16

World Renowned Classical Guitarist
From Split, Croatia


Sunday, May 16th 2010
6:00 p.m.
International House
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For additional information on all Croatian Days 2010 events, please call 312-482-9902 or find us
on Facebook at Brought to you by The Croatian Consulate General of Chicago & the Croatian American Days Committee.
Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs
& External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274

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