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  • 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 ▸

  • Slovak Official Apologizes for Attack on American Rabbi

    The foreign minister of Slovakia has written a letter of apology to a representative of the World Jewish Congress for an attack perpetrated on a rabbi in Bratislava. But Foreign Minister Jozef Moravcik, who was replying to a letter of protest by WJC Eastern European President Leslie Keller, denied the attack had anti-Semitic goals. He… More ▸

  • Slovak Leader Disavows Any Ties to Nazi State

    The prime minister of the Slovak Republic, in a meeting here this week with American Jewish leaders, vowed that his new country would have “nothing in common” with the World War II-era Slovakian state, which was a Nazi ally. Vladimir Meciar, whose country split from the Czech Republic on Jan. 1, said Friday through an… More ▸

  • Slovak Leader Weeps over Holocaust During Meeting with Jewish Officials

    In an emotional meeting with Jewish community leaders here, the president of the Slovak Republic broke down in tears when recalling the fate of Jews in his village during the Nazi Holocaust, and pledged to ensure that young Slovaks learn about the tragic events of the World War II era. The Slovak president, Michal Kovac,… More ▸