Zora Dirnbach, Croatian journalist and writer, Died at 89

Zora Dirnbach was born on August 22, 1929, and died on April 19, 2019; she was a Croatian Jewish journalist and writer.

Zora was born in Osijek on August 22, 1929, to a Jewish father and Austrian-born Catholic mother who converted to Judaism in 1922.

She was, raised with her sister Gertruda. She studied art history at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb.

From 1949, Dirnbach has worked as a journalist and editor of the cultural section at the daily newspapers and Radio Zagreb.

Since 1958, she worked as a dramatist on Radio Zagreb first channel, and from 1963 to 1991 as a dramatist and editor of television drama program on Radio-Television Zagreb (now Croatian Radiotelevision).

Zora was the author of three feature film scenarios, more than a dozen radio plays, TV dramas, TV movies, two series, adaptation and translation of a large number of radio and TV dramas.

As a partner, Dirnbach taught TV dramaturgy for several years at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb.

Zora has authored several novels and collections of short stories. Through her life, she was inspired by the tragedy of Shoah, personal and family drama, as she gave an invaluable contribution to the Jewish community in Croatia.

With the extensive involvement at Zagreb’s Jewish community council, Zora led the Committee for Information at the board.

Although Zora was, christened by her family during World War II in an attempt to save her life, she considers herself to be an atheist Croatian Jew.

Her mother and sister survived the Holocaust although many members of her family did not. Zora Dirnbach passed away at the age of 89.