Several events took place on Sunday, September 9 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Prime Minister Robert Fico, Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič and representatives of the Jewish community in Slovakia attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial in Bratislava. During his speech Fico highlighted the importance of Holocaust remembrance, adding that it also provides an opportunity for appeals for peaceful co-existence between nations, ethnic communities and religious groups today, the TASR newswire reported.
The names of persecuted and murdered victims of the Holocaust were read in the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre.
In connection with the remembrance of Holocaust victims the Museum of Jewish Culture plans to reveal the non-traditional virtual memorial containing the names of the murdered persons on Monday, September 10.
In addition to this, the Milan Šimečka Foundation and the Documentary Centre of the Holocaust will screen a film, We Saw the Holocaust – the Voices of Those Who Survived, which contains the authentic testimonies of people who returned from the death camps, SITA reported.
Slovak parliament adopted the law that established September 9 as the official Holocaust Remembrance Day on October 31, 2001, not only to remember of victims of the Holocaust, but also to call on the public to fight against any forms of racism, intolerance, xenophobia and all forms of oppression and discrimination. The reason they chose this particular date was because on September 9, 1941, the so-called Jewish Code was adopted. This law enabled the then state representatives to strip the civil rights of about 70,000 Slovak citizens and to deport them to Nazi concentration camps, SITA wrote.
Source: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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