Oslo Jewish Museum visited Slovakia during the last week of April. Our historian, Mats Tangestuen, gave the lecture «The Holocaust in Norway» at the newly opened Sered’ Holocaust Museum. Our director, Anne Boukris, introduced the museum at the same place, and head of education, Vidar Alne Paulsen, spoke about our educational programs.
There was also time for a guided tour at the Museum of Jewish Culture in Bratislava, and a visit to Synagóga Café in the little town of Trnava.
Our Slovak colleagues, Martin Korcok og Michal Vanek, were exemplary hosts and guides during our stay in this beautiful country.
The Museum of Jewish Culture Museum is located in the center of the city, in the Zsigray Mansion, the sole surviving house of Bratislava’s former Judengasse.
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Michal Vanek, curator and deputy director, guided us around the museum
There have been laid down 50 stumbling stones in cities and villages in Slovakia. These three are found in Bratislava.
Marin Korcok, «Head of the Sered’ Holocaust Museum», gave us a guided tour of the outside premises, and presented the camp’s history It was originally a military camp, but in 1941 it was transformed into a labor camp for Jews. 4.500 Jews were departed from Sered’ in 1942, and a further 13.500 were deported between 1944 and 1945. Only a few survived.
This railway wagon was on two different occasions used to transport Slovak Jews to Auschwitz. In the 1950’s it was purchased by an employee at the Slovak railway company and used as a garden shed. A couple of years ago Sered’ Holocaust Museum managed to procure it for the museum.
Matej Beranek, cultural-promotion manager, guided us inside the former barracks, which are used for exhibitions today.
Martin Korcok gave the introduction to the event. The audience consisted mainly of history students from the local university
Rannveig Skofteland represented the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bratislava and spoke about the Norwegian-Slovak cooperation which has come about through the EEA grants
Anne Boukris, the director at Oslo Jewish Museum, gave a presentation of our activities and future visions for the museum.
Mats Tangestuen’s lecture focused upon the deception used by the occupation regime and its collaborators, in the implementation of the Holocaust in Norway.
Afterwards there was fruitful and interesting discussion with the Slovak students.
After the the event at Sered’ we traveled to the little town of Trnava. They have a café there inside of a former synagogue. An extraordinary building.
JMO in front of Bratislava castle (Bratislavský hrad) where Slovakia’s parliament, Národná rada, resides.