(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) “Jews are disappearing from Sarajevo” laments Moris Albahari. This retired Yugoslav National Army pilot at 85 years old is one of the oldest living Jews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also one of the few ones remaining who can still remember the Holocaust.
The Holocaust of World War Two conflicts during the breakup of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and more recent tensions related to the Jewish-Muslim dispute in the Middle East have all contributed to the steady decline of the Jewish presence in Bosnia. Once an influential and numerous community of over 10000 people the community in Sarajevo today numbers barely more than 700 most of whom are elderly. Some still meet daily for an early morning coffee however and a chat in the Jewish community centre located in the old Ashkenazi synagogue in Sarajevo. Built in 1902 the only active synagogue in Sarajevo serves as the common temple for both Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in the capital.