Holocaust memorial unveiled

A MEMORIAL to Holocaust victims and survivors was unveiled in the western Slovak town of Galanta.

The memorial was raised at the site of a former Jewish synagogue that was demolished in 1976 by the then ruling communists and was unveiled by Galanta mayor Alexander Mézeš and head of the local Jewish community Vojtech Fahn.

During the second world war 1,800 local Jews were deported via a so-called collection camp in nearby Nové Zámky. Only 300 of those returned home.

An estimated 70,000 Jews were deported in total from Slovakia to concentration camps in Poland and Germany under the wartime state.

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