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  • Property Restitution in Slovakia May Begin Before Sept. Elections

    The Slovak government expects to finalize its proposal soon for compensation of Jewish property seized by the Nazis. Government spokesman Peter Miklosi said officials hope to reach agreement on the details with the country’s Jewish community and begin paying compensation before legislative elections are held in September. Experts estimate the current value of the seized… More ▸

  • After Series of Delays, Commission Moves on Compensating Slovak Jews

    Slovak Jews have moved a step closer to receiving compensation for property confiscated by the Nazis. A commission investigating the issue agreed in a meeting earlier this month to resolve outstanding ownership questions and prepare a list of properties that could qualify for compensation. The commission, which includes 10 state representatives and 10 Jewish representatives… More ▸

  • Slovakia’s Jews Applaud Probe of Properties Looted by the Nazis

    Slovakia’s Jewish leaders are welcoming the government’s decision to establish a commission to consider compensation for property the Nazis confiscated from Slovak Jews during World War II. The cash-strapped Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities, which for more than two years has been pressing for such a commission, said the bulk of compensation money would… More ▸

  • Latest Push to Canonize Bishop Harms Interfaith Efforts in Slovakia

    Jewish-Catholic tensions in Slovakia are increasing after Catholic leaders said they would continue to press for the canonization of a Slovak bishop despite claims that he played a role in the Holocaust. Last October, the Slovak Bishops Conference said it would investigate the background of Bishop Jan Vojtassak after five Israeli historians claimed that state… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Vow to Fight on After Losing Wwii Case in Berlin

    Slovakia’s Jewish leaders are vowing to appeal a Berlin court’s decision to reject a multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming compensation for Slovak victims of the Holocaust. In a lawsuit brought this week in a Berlin courtroom, the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities sought to reclaim up to $63.4 million for payments the wartime pro-Nazi Slovak state… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Hope Document Will Help in Case Against Germany

    With only days to go before Slovak Jews take on the German state in a Berlin courtroom, Jewish community leaders in Slovakia have found a key document that could help them win their case. The Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities, based in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, hopes to reclaim the millions of dollars… More ▸

  • Slovak Jews Press Government to Pay for Wartime Property Seizures

    Slovak Jewish leaders are optimistic that a commission will soon be established to consider compensation claims for property seized from Slovak Holocaust victims. Slovakia’s Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities has been pressing the government to set up a commission for the past year without success. But following a meeting with Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda… More ▸

  • Publisher of “mein Kampf” Under Investigation in Slovakia

    A new entry has been added to the docket of legal cases involving translations of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” Police in Slovakia confirmed Monday that they are investigating publisher Agnes Burdova, who may face charges for publishing a new Slovak translation of the book. A police official said the investigation began as soon as police found… More ▸