MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Slovakia

The Exhibition The Tragedy of the Slovakian Jews

The first part of the exhibition, opened in 2002, presents the origins and story of the Holocaust in Slovakia, which was one of the main goals in the domestic policy of the regime that ruled the country at the time. Particular attention is paid to the turning points in the destruction of the Jews of Slovakia, such as the passage of Jewish laws, the first deportation, labor and internment camps, and the succeeding phases of deportation and repression. The "solution of the Jewish question" in the Hungarian-occupied southern part of Slovakia is also shown.

The exhibition also covers the attitudes of the Slovaks towards the persecution of the Jews. A separate theme is the story of the Jews who were deported from Slovakia to Auschwitz. This section presents, among other things, the successful escapes by Slovakian Jews and the significance of their eyewitness accounts in informing the world about the killing of the Jews in Auschwitz.

The exhibition displays about 700 photographs of Jews, copied from identity cards issued by the Jewish Center in Bratislava. Visitors can also use audiovisual equipment to watch and listen to accounts by ex-prisoners.