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Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence

9.9.2014 | Ľudské práva

Slovakia commemorates September 9 as Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Violence as it marks the day in 1941 that regulations vis-à-vis the legal position of Jews by the Government of the wartime Slovak State were adopted. This Jewish Code represented the beginning of the persecution of Jews in Slovakia during WWII.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic considers commemoration of the Holocaust victims as an important tool for suppressing any demonstration of its denial. The message and memory of the Holocaust victims represents an urgent challenge even nowadays, when in various parts of the world there are egregious violations of human rights due to discrimination based on race, religion or ethnicity. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic endorses the idea of commemorating the Holocaust victims and anti-Semitism fight also by allocating subsidies from the Human Rights and Freedoms Promotion and Protection grant program. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, it also coordinates the activities of the Slovak delegation in the international organization – International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) for Holocaust education, remembrance and research.