National Holocaust Remembrance Day in Slovakia

On 9 September, 2018, Slovakia commemorated the "Memorial Day for Victims of the Holocaust and of Racial Violence". Established in 2000, the day marks the date in 1941 when the Slovak government issued a decree on the legal status of Jews, the so-called Jewish Codex. The Codex led to deportations which resulted in the murder of over 70,000 Slovak Jews.

Each year the Museum of Jewish Culture  organizes a commemorative event on the grounds of the main memorial for the victims of the Holocaust in Bratislava, which is attended by the highest officials in the country. This commemoration is held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic and in 2018 was held on 7 September at 14:30. On 9 September the museum also held a concert of Jewish songs in the courtyard of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava.

To mark this memorial day, many other events were held in towns throughout Slovakia, including commemorations, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, lectures, and cultural and educational events in schools, libraries, and institutions. A minute's silence was held in commemoration of the day in the National Council of the Slovak Republic (Parliament) and in schools.

On 4 September the Holocaust Documentation Center -  together with other co-organizers -  held the international academic conference “The Sobibor Death Camp: History and Heritage”, that was held under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic and on 5 September a reading of names of the victims of the Holocaust took place. The University Library in Bratislava hosted an exhibition of paintings of then 12-year- old Czech painter Helga Hošková-Weissová created in the concentration camp Terezín.

Slovakia has been an IHRA Member Country since 2005 and the Head of Delegation is Ambassador Juraj Priputen, Director of Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.