Police look into a documentary on wartime Slovak state

The premiere planned for early August was stopped by the town of Poprad.

Milan Mazurek was expected to attend the discussion after the screening in Poprad.Milan Mazurek was expected to attend the discussion after the screening in Poprad. (Source: TASR)

The National Criminal Agency (NAKA) has launched a criminal proceeding in the case of an amateurish video titled “Zavrhnuté Svedectvá” (Rejected Testimonies).

“With regard to the current state of the criminal prosecution we can’t provide more detailed information,” Police Corps Presidium’s spokesperson Michal Slivka told the SITA newswire.

The screening of the documentary, which contains positive memories of people about the Slovak state during the Second World War, without mentioning the victims of the totalitarian regime, was supported by the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) of Marian Kotleba.

No to screening

The documentary depicts life in the wartime Slovak state (1939-1945). One of its authors is the head of the district branch of the ĽSNS in Kežmarok, Ján Pastuszek. The second author is Dávid Pavlík, assistant to ĽSNS MP Jana Nehézová, SITA wrote.

The film came to the attention of the wider public after the town of Poprad reversed its original decision approving the premiere screening of the documentary scheduled for August 8. The screening was to be followed by a discussion with its creators and ĽSNS MP Milan Mazurek.

As the town explained, the film’s content “is strongly political and unbalanced in its opinions”, SITA reported.

The town also claimed that they did not know who was to be present at the screening. It also pointed to the planned date of the screening (August 8, 2018), referring to the symbol used in extremist movements, as reported by the TASR newswire.

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