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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on 9 September, Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on 9 September, Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

7.9.2018 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

Slovak history remembers 9 September 1941 as the date when the so-called Jewish Code – an anti-Jewish legal act issued by the war-time Slovak Republic – was adopted. The Jewish Code was one of the most stringent anti-Jewish legal regulations in Europe. Its tragic outcome included 70,000 Holocaust victims from the then-Slovakia. The Slovak Republic annually commemorates these victims as well as other victims of racial violence with highest respect.

 

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic uses this opportunity to remember the victims as well as a warning for the present generations when the dangerous feelings of hatred and animosity have reappeared in society. The phenomenon of racism, xenophobia and denial of the Holocaust is internationally fought against also by IHRA, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (www.holocaustremembrance.com), of which Slovakia is a permanent member, actively engaging in the work of this international organization.  The Slovak Republic is also participating in the project restoring a memorial place in the former Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor.