Prague (Aug. 22)
Although the new Slovak Minister of the Interior, Gen. V. Ferjencik, broadcast this week pledging that his government will guarantee democratic rights and freedom, the situation of the Jews in Slovakia is still bad.
A generally tense and unfriendly atmosphere, marked by wild charges against Jews, such as that they are poisoning food and cigarettes, frequently explodes into minor incidents. At Luceno the windows of Jewish soup kitchens were broken, while at Biros a Jewish confectionary store was attacked.
Meanwhile, in the Slovak capital of Bratislava a Peoples Tribunal began trying Kubala Otmar, former head of the Hlinka Guard, Slovakian storm troop organization, which was directly responsible for the persecution of Jews in Slovakia.