Reader feedback: Political motives

Re: Žilina remembers the horrors of Auschwitz, Sep 20-26, Vol 10, No 36

Yes, that story was wonderful news. şmy weife's grandfather is supposed to have hidden some of his Jewish employees in his chata for the duration of the war. My boss's father escaped to Britain, flew for the RAF and is regularly invited to parties by the British embassy.

But we also have a duty to tell the story of what these heroes were saving people from and unfortunately, it was not only evil Germans but people from their own side who chose to collaborate.

It is difficult for me to write on this theme. My country was never occupied and I never had to choose. But history fascinates me and I try to understand. I think we would go mad if we tried to collect every fact and only then make judgements so I have some hypotheses, which I think are strong, and some anecdotal evidence and I'd like to test it.

Likewise, someone should check out Tiso's political motives. He spent all his life in HSLS (ex SLS), whose objective was Slovak autonomy. Hitler is supposed to have offered him the choice of declaring independence or seeing the country partitioned. He may have seen himself as the shield of Slovakia, or he may have seen it as a chance to make his dreams come true, but I doubt he thought much about the moral question of collaborating with the Nazis.

When I am better at Slovak I will try to read a proper biography of Tiso. I may have to refine my hypotheses. But the reason I keep banging on about Tiso is this: I don't want another dictator to come along who says, "Look I will give you your beautiful nation state, just overlook these little things me and my friends get up to..."

Žilina, Slovakia

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

News digest: Pilot testing deemed successful

Coronavirus affects bus connections, gastronomy businesses send an open letter to the prime minister. Take a look at the latest in our news digest.

PM Igor Matovič presents the results of the pilot nationwide testing on October 26.

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.