10. 09. 2018 13:53
On September 9, Slovakia commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and racial hatred. The commemorative day recalls the tragic consequences of the adoption of the so-called Jewish Code in 1941, which suppressed the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Jewish population under the Slovak wartime state. This led to deportations of Jewish citizens to concentration and death camps. On this occasion, several events were held in the country over the past weekend. In western Slovakia, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Culture Minister Ľubica Laššáková (both Smer-SD) opened on Friday a new exhibition in the former labour and concentration camp in Sereď, western Slovakia, which is now a Holocaust Museum. The Day of Victims of the Holocaust and Racial Hatred should not only be a commemorative event but a real demonstration of the fight against anti-Semitism and activities linked to it, stated Justice Minister Gábor Gál (Most-Hid) on Sunday. The minister pointed out that hate speech directed against race or origin has been increasing in Slovak society. At the same time, he pledged to take specific measures to combat anti-Semitism, including the adoption of an International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance declaration. A document containing a unified international definition of anti-Semitism has been adopted by several countries since 2016, including Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.