Treatment of Jewish Themes in Slovak Schools

Treatment of Jewish Themes in Slovak Schools

In recent years, several institutions have been founded in Slovakia to educate the public about Jewish life and culture.

In 1994 a department on Jewish culture at the Slovak National Museum was transformed into the Museum of Jewish Culture. The permanent exhibition includes a memorial to the Holocaust. Temporary exhibits focus mainly on the arts and events of the recent past. Visited by groups of elementary- and secondary-school students from all parts of the country, the museum also sponsors professional conferences and publishes a series entitled Acta Judaica Slovaca.

A smaller museum in the eastern Slovak city of Presov recently opened an exhibit of the Barkany collection of Judaica.

In 1996 an Institute of Judaic Studies was opened at the Comenius University in Bratislava to teach Hebrew, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, and other subjects. Its initial public lectures met with a positive response. The Institute has published a Hebrew textbook and a Hebrew-Slovak dictionary and organized conferences on "Jews in Interaction" (1997) and "Bioethics in Judaism" (1998).

The Institute of History and the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy have shown new interest in Jewish themes, as has the Museumof the Slovak National Uprising in Bansk« Bystrica.

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Bratislava have devoted much attention to the Holocaust and have provided support for Jewish institutions. The Bratislava JCC has organized several academic events and published the proceedings, among them, "Jewish Identity Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (1995) and "The Jews in Bratislava" (1997). The JCC also organizes educational events for high school students.

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