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  • 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 ▸

  • Institute for Jewish Studies to Open at Slovakia University

    A university in Slovakia has announced plans to open an institute for Jewish studies. The institute, which will be part of the academic program at Comenius University in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, will hold its first sessions in September. The Slovakian ambassador to Austria, Jozef Klimko, a professor, recently hosted a meeting at his… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Say West Offers Model for Wwii Compensation

    A Slovak Jewish group reportedly has said compensation for victims of Nazism in Slovakia should be comparable to efforts in the West. The Slovak Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities “holds the unequivocal view that compensation for the victims of Nazism should be based on individual cases and be comparable to German compensation for Jews… More ▸

  • Summer Camps in Slovakia Vital to Sustaining Jewish Life

    For young Jews here, summer camps are the lifeline to deepening their identity and to sustaining contact with Jewish youth in the other half on the former Czechoslovakia. Maintaining the connection is the Czechoslovakian union of Jewish Youth, the only Jewish organization that did not split when the country divided in 1993. For 10 days… More ▸

  • Jews Protest Slovakia’s Pick for Post on Broadcast Council

    Slovakia’s Jewish community has protested against the Parliament’s choice of an alleged anti-Semitic journalist to be involved in the council that operates the state radio network. Jewish leaders said they want the recent nomination of Maros Puchovsky, editor of the anti-Semitic weekly Zmena, to be revoked. The leaders said the newly elected Parliament’s choice for… More ▸

  • Slovak Couple Honored with Righteous Gentile Award

    The Israeli ambassador to the Czech Republic last week bestowed a posthumous Righteous Among the Nations Award to a couple who gave refuge to three Jews in a Slovak village during World War II. At a ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Prague on Nov. 24., Ambassador Moshe Yegar delivered the award to Ruzena Stepnickova,… More ▸

  • For Jewish Tourists: Slovak Capital Boasts Kosher Restaurant and Hotel

    Unlike Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, Bratislava, the capital of neighboring Slovakia, is still off the beaten track for most tourists. Innovations over the past year or so, however, have made Bratislava a more attractive place for Jewish visitors. Key among these innovations was the opening a year ago of the Chez David,… More ▸