Cabinet apologises for Jewish Code

The cabinet members also consider the declaration they adopted as a pledge to prevent the misuse of legislation for the dehumanisation of citizens.

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The cabinet of Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) has apologised for the Order on the Legal Status of Jews, also known as the Jewish Code, adopted by the Nazi-allied wartime Slovak state.

The legal norm, adopted exactly 80 years ago, stripped Jews of their human and civil rights, preventing their access to education and certain professions.

“The Slovak cabinet feels a moral duty to publicly express regret over the crimes committed by the ruling power of that time, especially over adopting a condemnable regulation restricting the fundamental human rights and freedoms of citizens of Jewish origin on September 9, 1941,” reads the official declaration adopted on September 8, 2021.

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The Heger cabinet members condemned the actions of the then state power and expressed deep regret over the tragedy that struck the innocent victims. They are convinced that only a plural democratic society can guarantee adherence to fundamental human and civil rights. They consider the adopted statement to be the pledge of a free and democratic Slovakia to prevent the misuse of legislation to dehumanise the country’s citizens.

The ministers also paid homage to the people who risked their own lives and freedom by helping the Jews.

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