Portrait of Ljubo Sirc

Ljubo Sirc

1920 – 2016

Trained in both economics and law, Ljubo Sirc united the perspective of a scholar with personal experience to observe firsthand the dangers of communist regimes.

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Born in Kranj, Slovenia, he participated in the Resistance and served in the Yugoslav Army between 1941 and 1945. In 1947, due to his political opposition and friendship with Western diplomats, he was sentenced to death. His sentence was ultimately commuted to twenty years in prison, of which he served seven, much of it in solitary confinement. In his various teaching posts since his release, including twenty years at the University of Glasgow, Sirc was a leading expert on socialist economics and communist regimes. In 1983, he began serving as Director of the Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies in London. He was the author of numerous books and articles in a variety of languages. His autobiography, Between Hitler and Tito, was published in 1989.

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