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Slovak Courts Condemn, Imprison Two for Crimes Against Jews During Puppet Regime

Bratislava People’s Court today sentenced in absentia one Slovak to death and another to 30 years imprisonment for crimes against Slovaks and Jews during the Nazi occupation.

Vojtech Kosovsky, a former school teacher who served as an officer in the Elinka Guards during the existence of the Slovak puppet state, was convicted of having caused the murder of 536 persons–mostly Jews. Among the persons he arrested and turned over to the Gestapo were 211 woman and 58 children. He got the death sentence.

Augustin Moravek, former secretary of the local chamber of commerce during the puppet regime, was convicted of pushing a large-scale aryanization program of Jewish property. He frequently denounced rich Jews in order to confiscate their property in the name of his organization. However, he often diverted the property to his own uses. He was sentenced to jail for high treason, collaboration and responsibility for the deportation of Jews.