Obtain Esther Gitman Book “Alojzije Stepinac: Pillar of Human Rights”


The latest book by Dr. Esther Gitman, “Alojzije Stepinac: Pillar of Human Rights” can now be purchased online from the publisher “Kršćanska sadašnjost” / Christian Contemporaneity

at www.ks.hr/alojzije-stepinac-pillar-of-human-rights

“The book Alojzije Stepinac, the Pillar of Human Rights examines how a young priest, in his thirties, from a rural Croatia region rose to become a hero of his people, of the Catholic Church and of many others, throughout the world. Like an Old-Testament Prophet Archbishop Stepinac remained relentlessly true to his Church and the natural laws by being the voice of conscience during three successive and contrasting dictatorial regimes. He defended the teachings of the Church, and in this way he showed how a religious man attuned to the universal laws can comprehend the unity of the world in its differences. In this manner and with authoritative tones he was one of very few men in Europe who zealously and openly defended these religious and civil rights of man. With even greater passion and authority he reiterated the theme: “all nations and all races have the right to lead the life worthy of man and to be treated with the dignity with which one treats man. Whether they belong to the so called race of Gypsies or whether they are from Africa, or considered civilized Europeans, whether they are detested Jews or proud Serb Orthodox all have the same right to say: Our Father, who art in Heaven! And if God has given this right to all, what is the human power that can deny it?” Stepinac set an example of courage that will live for ages within the hearts of all freedom loving people. In my travels around the word I have seen his statutes and words of hope, and in my city of New York a street is dedicated to him!!” Esther Gitman

Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

Alojzije Viktor Stepinac, during his 1946 Trial set by Marshall Tito and his communist regime he declared: “For my convictions I am able to bear not only Ridicule, hatred, and humiliation, but – because my conscience is clear – I am ready to die at any moment”.




Dr. Esther Gitman

Dr. Esther Gitman was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. With her mother she survived World War II in the Italian zones of occupation and later on in Italy proper. In 1945 they returned to Sarajevo. In 1948, with the remnant of her family, they settled in Israel and later moved to Canada. In 1970 Esther earned her B.A. in History and Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. In 1975 she earned an M.P.S. (master of professional studies) in criminal justice from Long Island University, C.W. Post. From 1978 to 1998 her energies were dedicated to her growing a business in NYC. In 1999 Esther enrolled into the Ph.D. program in the Department of History of the Graduate Center of the City University of NY. The ultimate objective was to understand the circumstances of the rescue and survival of Jews, including her own, in the Nazi occupied Yugoslavia. In 2001–03 Esther received a one year Fulbright fellowship to Zagreb, Croatia, where she researched the social and political environment on the conditions of rescuing Jews during the World War II, and in 2005, she earned her Ph.D. In 2007-08 she received a fellowship for her postdoctoral studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. She has written several scientific monographs, studies and research papers.


  1. Dr. Gitman’s work is valuable on so many fronts. But one of the biggest and most important reasons is that it puts an academic kibosh on accusations of revisionism that other researchers are subjected to from the udba and their satellites. Those of us who have looked at Croatian history before during and after WW2 know that, as much as there are differences, there are also a great deal of similarities between events that took place during that period and those during the Homeland War. When you look at it, Stepinac was considered a war criminal just a couple of decades ago, thanks to the relentless yugoslav agitprop that people were subjected to for 45+ years. Now, thanks to research and objective analysis, the truth comes out – he is a saint! When you look at heroes like Praljak, Kordic, Mercep, etc., if we’re not careful, they will also be demonized just like Stepinac and it will take years to correct history, as it has taken regarding Stepinac.

  2. josip vranjes says:

    please if i can order pillar of human rights alojzije stepinac
    molim vas

  3. Mary Beke says:

    i see where you sent the link above to get this book – will the book be in English? i went to Order it on Amazon and it says it does not know when or if it will become available.

  4. Mary Beke says:

    How can i order this book in English? i tried to order it on Amazon.com and it says currently unavailable. i went to the site you listed above – http://www.ks.hr/alojzije-stepinac–pillar-of-human-rights – but i can’t read it since it is in Croatian.

    • Yes that is the publisher’s portal and the book can be purchased there for 170 Kuna which is about US$27
      Click the red bar under the price (which means put into basket), then click on the basket at right side of bar, when in basket click red bar to bottom right (Završi narudžbu) whuch means complete order, that takes you to page for payment and details of name and address for posting etc. Oh dear I thought they had organised the Amazon thing. Cheers and please let me know how you go 🙂

  5. Is there anything that can be done on your end (or the publisher’s or Dr. Gitman) to get it set-up with Amazon? i read the article they had done in one of the magazines, and i have read your open letter to the Pope (which was excellent). I think it is time that people all over, but especially here in the USA, read this book! i can’t even imagine why Pope Francis would not canonize this Saint. i did look at the page for payment, but not knowing Croatian, could not figure it out and i am guessing it may be expensive to ship to the USA?? i have been to your beautiful country three times now – a 1999 Highlights of Eastern Europe Trip (Zagreb), Dubriovnik from a Cruise, and then on Pilgrimage in 2003 we stopped at Marija Bistrica as well as a couple of other places. The truth about Abp Stepinac and the Croatian people needs to be made known and this book would be a great start. And in case the progressives here in the USA win the election next week, we would be under socialist rule and this book on Abp Stepinac would be a great guide for our priests and bishops. Thank you, Mary
    P.S. Have you read Michael O’Brien’s book “Island of the World”?

    • Thanks Mary, I agree with you on points made. I will check with the publishers, author etc re Amazon. I also was under the impression that it was already available. Perhaps the situation with Covid-19 and restrictions with post that were in for some time may have played a part in this delay. Kind regards

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