The commemoration awards will be presented in the presence of senior Slovak officials, Holocaust survivors, and church leaders.

 

 

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Nine Slovak citizens will be recognized as Righteous Among the Nations at a ceremony to be held today (Sunday, 27 January 2008) in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. The ceremony will be conducted in the Bratislava municipality’s Hall of Mirrors in the presence of senior Slovak leaders: The president, the prime minister, the chairman of parliament and the mayor, as well as Holocaust survivors and representatives of the Slovak church.  

The ceremony, part of the Slovak effort of recent years to perpetuate Holocaust remembrance in the country, will take place as one of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day events held on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At the ceremony, the Righteous Among the Nations commemoration award will be presented to a Slovak bishop for his efforts to save Jews during World War II, which included providing fake documents to the Jews.