Shortly before WWII, more than 12,000 Jews lived in Belgrade alone. Many more communities, with their own synagogues and schools, existed in other towns, most in today’s Vojvodina region. The majority of them were Sephardim, whose ancestors had come from Spain in the 16th century. Their peaceful existence was brutally interrupted in 1941, when the then Kingdom of Yugoslavia was occupied by the Nazis. Serbia has the sad fame of having been proclaimed by the Germans as the first “Judenrein” territory – almost all the Jewish population of the country perished during WWII.
The ones that remained left for the US or for Israel. Many of their synagogues were destroyed, neglected or transformed into lay buildings. Just a few places in Belgrade, Nis and Vojvodina region remain, under the care of the small Jewish community still existing in Serbia. Our tour will last for approximately 5 hours and will allow you to visit Belgrade Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, the Jewish cemetery, Belgrade fortress and the Dorcol neighborhood (the former Jewish quarter) as well as take a panoramic drive that will highlight the best of Belgrade.
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