A general view of the yacht Galeb in the port city of Rijeka, Croatia, September 6, 2017.REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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In a Croatian port sits a boat built to carry bananas from Africa to Italy, that laid mines for Nazi Germany and was sunk by Allied planes before it was salvaged as the personal yacht of a globe-trotting communist leader.If the Galeb was a symbol of Tito's prestige on the world stage – a communist leader welcome in ports West as well as East – its restoration is part of Croatia's own tortured process of reconciliation with its 20th century history.It is a tug-of-war over history and identity that was encapsulated this month in the renaming by Zagreb's city council of the capital's "Marshal Tito" square to "Republic of Croatia" square.It was Tito's seizure of Rijeka and the Istrian peninsula that cemented his status in this part of Croatia as a liberator.The man behind the initiative, leading right-wing politician Zlatko Hasanbegovic, told Reuters that while Tito was "undeniably a significant historical figure," so were Napoleon, Stalin and Lenin.In Rijeka, Sarar denied planning any kind of homage to Tito.
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