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  • Slovak Premier Seeks to Assure Jewish Leaders on Anti-semitism

    Despite assurances from Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar that anti-Semitism is not a threat in Slovakia, local Jewish leaders remain worried. At a meeting earlier this month with Meciar, B’nai B’rith President Tommy Baer expressed concern about the government’s refusal to withdraw from state schools a teacher’s manual romanticizing the life of Slovak Jews during… More ▸

  • Skewed Book on Holocaust to Remain in Slovak Schools

    A teacher’s manual romanticizing the lot of Slovak Jews during World War II will not be withdrawn from Slovakian schools. Ondrej Nemcok, Slovakia’s deputy minister of education, said this week that “History of Slovakia for Slovaks” would remain in school libraries, though it would not be used as an educational tool. “If the manual is… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Protest Official Support for Holocaust Manual

    Slovak Jewish leaders have accused their government of being sympathetic to the Nazi puppet regime that governed during World War II. The state’s sympathies are evident in its support of a teachers manual that romanticizes the lot of the country’s Jews during the war, said B’nai B’rith and the Association of Jewish Religious Communities in… More ▸

  • European Funded Schoolbook Distorts Lives of Slovak Jews

    A controversy has erupted over the distribution in Slovak elementary schools of a teacher’s manual that romanticizes the lot of the country’s Jews during World War II. The Slovak Education Ministry, which published and distributed 90,000 copies of the manual earlier this year, and the European Union, which financed the project, have accused each other… More ▸

  • Czech Republic to Compensate Slovak Jews for Their Looted Gold

    The Czech government has agreed to compensate Slovak Jews for gold that was taken from them during World War II. Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus’ announcement last week overrides the Czech National Bank’s earlier decision to not offer any compensation. The Czech Finance Ministry must now determine the amount to be given, and whether it will… More ▸

  • Cemetery in Slovakia Desecrated

    Vandals destroyed 70 headstones this week at a cemetery in Kosice, in eastern Slovakia. A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was also damaged Monday, as were the graves of former rabbis. The head of the city’s Jewish community, Ivan Kolin, said the incident was a clear case of anti-Semitism because the surrounding graves… More ▸

  • Czech National Bank Denies Compensation to Slovak Jews

    The Czech National Bank will not compensate Slovak Jews for gold that was taken from them during World War II. The bank’s position, which was stated in a message delivered last week to the Association of Slovak Jewish Communities, came in direct response to the association’s request that it be compensated for the gold. The… More ▸

  • Slovak Jewish Group Seeks Restitution from Czech Bank

    The Association of Slovak Jewish Communities has called on the Czech National Bank to provide compensation for gold that was taken from the local Jewish community during World War II by the Slovak government. Association spokesman Jozef Weiss told a Czech newspaper that the gold “was stolen from Slovak Jews during the war and then… More ▸