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  • Slovak Jewry Recalls Shoah 50 Years After Deportations

    The government and news media joined Jews this week in marking the 50th anniversary of the first deportations of Jews from Slovakia. On March 25, 1942, the first transport, made up of young Jewish women, was dispatched to death camps in Poland. Slovakia, nominally independent, was in fact a Nazi puppet state at the time… More ▸

  • Neo-facists Stage Rally in Slovakia on Nazi Puppet State’s Anniversary

    Bratislava was the scene of a neo-fascist rally Saturday marking the 53rd anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s creation of the Nazi puppet state of Slovakia, which deported its Jews to death camps. The meeting in the Slovak capital attracted several thousand devotees of the fascist state, which lasted from March 14, 1939, when Czechoslovakia was occupied… More ▸

  • Slovak to Seek Removal of Tiso Plaque

    A Slovak minister has agreed to seek the removal of a plaque recently dedicated to the memory of Father Josef Tiso, the Roman Catholic priest whom Adolf Hitler installed as leader of the Slovak puppet state created by the Nazis when they occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Tiso deported 72,000 Jews from Slovakia between 1942 and… More ▸

  • Slovak Nationalists Seek Ouster of Envoy over Anti-semitic Charge

    Slovak nationalists are demanding the removal of Czechoslovakia’s ambassador to the United States, Rita Klimova, for allegedly slandering Slovakia by allegations of anti-Semitism in interviews with U.S. journalists. The issue was put on Monday’s agenda of the Slovak National Council, to be debated at a later date. Klimova, who is of Jewish origin, is accused… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Keeping Low Profile As Nationalist Sentiment Rages

    Jews in the Slovak half of Czechoslovakia seem to have become uneasy bystanders at best and sometimes victims in the escalating battle between increasingly provocative Slovak separatists and federal authorities determined to hold the country together. The strident voices of the separatists, calling for dismemberment of the state, which only recently emerged from 40 years… More ▸

  • Slovakia Planning Holocaust Memorial

    Slovakia plans to hold a competition for a Holocaust memorial monument to be erected in Bratislava and would like to open a Jewish museum here. But there are various problems, an official of the Slovak Ministry of Culture explained. No date has been set for the competition, but it will be announced “soon,” the official… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism in Evidence at Rally by Slovak Separatists in Bratislava

    Thousands of Slovak separatists chanted anti-Czech, anti-Semitic slogans, waved portraits of Nazi war criminal Josef Tiso and physically assaulted President Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia last week in the main square of Bratislava, the Slovak capital. The occasion last Thursday was the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the Nazi puppet state of Slovakia on March… More ▸

  • Political Turmoil in Slovakia Spawns Old-time Anti-semitism

    Political turmoil in Slovakia has spawned an anti-Semitic campaign exploited by racists and used for their own ends by nationalist demagogues who threaten the existence of Czechoslovakia as a federal state of two national republics. The scapegoat at the moment is Fedor Gal, coordinator of the Public Against Violence, the political arm of Slovakia’s governing… More ▸

  • Skinheads Blamed for Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery in Slovakia

    The prime minister of the Slovak republic believes “a small group of psychologically unbalanced Skinheads” was probably responsible for the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery in the Slovak town Nitra last month. But Vladimir Meciar was less than forthright when asked why no acts or expressions of moral outrage emanated either from Slovak officialdom or… More ▸

  • Havel Decries Popular Anti-semitism During Visit to Synagogue in Slovakia

    Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel unveiled a memorial to Jewish victims of the Nazis and their Slovak collaborators Tuesday in the northern town of Dolny Kubin. Havel’s presence and remarks in the Slovak town were a direct rebuke to the anti-Semitism that has become part of the strategy of Slovak separatists whose goal seems to be… More ▸