Ivo Goldstein, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (present-day Croatia) is the son of famed publisher and writer Slavko Goldstein and his wife Vera. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Zagreb, and became a professor in the Faculty of Philosophy. His areas of expertise are Byzantium and Croatian history in the Middle Ages, as well as history of the Jews in Croatia and 20th century Croatian history. Together with his father, he wrote The Holocaust in Croatia, which first appeared in Serbo-Croatian as Holokaust u Zagrebu (2001) and Jasenovac i Bleiburg nisu isto (Jasenovac and Bleiburg Are Not the Same, 2011). His solo works include Croatia: A History (1999). In 2012, he was named Croatia's ambassador to France and to UNESCO.