The Croatian Post did not approve the production of a stamp with the image of Josip Broz Tito
The Croatian Post did not approve the production of a commemorative stamp with the image of Josip Broz Tito at the request of the Association of Anti-Fascist Fighters and Anti-Fascists (SABA) and the Association of Josip Broz Tito Philatelic Societies of Croatia. exhibition on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Tito's birth.
The anti-fascists wanted to round off the philatelic exhibition at the Association's premises on December 1 with the commemorative postage stamp. The stamp with Tito's image was supposed to be in use only at the post office on Jurishićeva Street in Zagreb, and that only for one day.
The Croatian Post stated that the request of the anti-fascists was late, as the commemorative stamp is only made on the occasion of the anniversary of the date or month when someone was born or the anniversary of the event on a certain date.
- Given that the anniversary of Josip Broz Tito's birth was in May, not December, the proponents were late with the request - the Croatian Post said.
SABA states that they tried to explain that the 130th anniversary of Tito's birth is being celebrated for a whole year, not just one month, and that the stamp is an integral part of the philatelic exhibition and that only one will be used in one post.
The president of SABA, Franjo Habulin, does not believe that the refusal of Croatian Post has a political background, but that there may be other reasons.
Commenting on the fact that Croatian Post issued a commemorative postcard on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the "Queer" festival in Zagreb, Habulin publicly stated that he is not sure that homosexuals and partisans are equally welcome in Zagreb.
- It is fashionable to refer to human rights, and accordingly they approved the request of the LGBT community more easily than the request for a trademark for the exhibition of stamps with the image of Josip Broz Tito - Habulin added.
He considered that an "alternative" explanation for the refusal could be the sabotage of the Zagreb post office on Jurishićeva Street in 1941, which was carried out by Zagreb communists and anti-fascists, during which an Ustasa policeman was killed and five Ustasa agents and two German soldiers and an officer were injured.
Since then you blew up the post office, now we will not give you permission to print a postage stamp - Khabulin reasoned.
The president of the Croatian Josip Broz Tito Association, Jovan Vejnović, said that the refusal of Croatian Post does not surprise him, adding that he is aware of the social atmosphere in Croatia.
- That may not be the attitude of many people sitting in the Croatian Post Office. This is the attitude that was communicated to them and in accordance with the general social trends, added the president of "Josip Broz Tito Association", Jovan Vejnović.