“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 9 September, 2017, Slovakia commemorates 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 the Jewish Codex. The Codex led to deportations which resulted in the murder of over 70,000 Slovak Jews.
The Slovak post office is commemorating the memory of holocaust victims with a stamp to mark 75 years since the first deportation of Jews from Slovakia. An exhibition at the Postal Museum in Banská Bystrica is also being organized.
From 24-26 March 2017 the Slovak National Museum - Museum of Jewish Culture in Bratislava will hold a memorial event dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the departure of the first transport to leave Slovakia for the German Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp.
From 22-24 November, a training activity for Yad Vashem seminar graduates on fundamental rights, citizenship, and learning from the Holocaust took place in the Holocaust Museum in Sered', Slovakia.
Milan Koller (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) – Head of Delegation
Miriam Joklova (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs), Communication Working Group – Deputy Head of Delegation
Jan Hlavinka (Slovak Academy of Sciences) – Academic Working Group
Martin Korčok (Museum of Jewish Culture) – Museums and Memorials Working Group
Stanislava Šikulová (Museum of Jewish Culture) – Education Working Group
Under the auspices of Prime Minister Robert Fico, Poprad, Slovakia hosted a memorial event on 24 March for the victims of the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz.
25 March 2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the first transport of Slovak Jews to the concentration camp in Auschwitz.
Slovakia remembered the victims of the Holocaust in national commemoration events on 9 September.
Slovakia's membership of the IHRA is an expression of its will to be among states that actively support education on the Holocaust, its remembrance and research. It wasn't until 1989 that scientific investigation in this field was renewed without ideological bias and the void in Slovak history began to be filled.