Slovakia

  • In Slovakia, Secret Report Sparks Battle over Alleged Anti-semitism

    A political dispute has broken out in Slovakia over an allegedly anti-Semitic report produced for Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda by the country’s counterintelligence service. The classified report, which examines allegations that a covert group of Slovak businessmen have been working to destabilize the country, refers to the Jewish background of one of the alleged conspirators,… More ▸

  • Slovakia Celebrates Jewish Culture with Launch of Hebrew Poetry Book

    An 11th-century Jewish poet-philosopher, a Slovak professor and a London rabbi may appear at first glance to have little in common. But this unlikely alliance could help revive Jewish life in Slovakia and broaden understanding of Judaism in the country. Late last month, Slovak Jewish representatives and local politicians gathered in a public library in… More ▸

  • Slovak Property Compensation Plan Now in Effect for Holocaust Survivors

    Jews around the world have been invited to apply for property losses sustained in Slovakia during the Nazi era. Last Friday, Slovakia’s Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities said Holocaust survivors or their relatives can submit preliminary applications for compensation. The move follows an agreement reached by the Slovak government and Jewish representatives late last… More ▸

  • Slovak Government Inks Agreement to Pay Holocaust-era Property Claims by Magnus Bennett

    The government of Slovakia has signed an agreement to distribute $20 million to the local Jewish community as compensation for Holocaust-era property losses. Slovak Premier Mikulas Dzurinda and Fero Alexander, the executive chairman of the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities, signed the compensation agreement Wednesday. A new commission will be formed to distribute the… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews, Government Far Apart on Accord for Nazi-seized Property

    The Slovak Jewish community is increasingly skeptical that it will reach an agreement with the government on compensation for property seized by the Nazis before next month’s general elections. Both the Jewish community and the state had been hoping to reach agreement this summer in time for payments to be made before the Sept. 20… More ▸

  • Property Restitution in Slovakia May Begin Before Sept. Elections

    The Slovak government expects to finalize its proposal soon for compensation of Jewish property seized by the Nazis. Government spokesman Peter Miklosi said officials hope to reach agreement on the details with the country’s Jewish community and begin paying compensation before legislative elections are held in September. Experts estimate the current value of the seized… More ▸

  • After Series of Delays, Commission Moves on Compensating Slovak Jews

    Slovak Jews have moved a step closer to receiving compensation for property confiscated by the Nazis. A commission investigating the issue agreed in a meeting earlier this month to resolve outstanding ownership questions and prepare a list of properties that could qualify for compensation. The commission, which includes 10 state representatives and 10 Jewish representatives… More ▸