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Comments on: Forgotten World (62): Slovakia
Roger Darlington's personal blogThu, 08 Feb 2007 16:37:36 +0000
By: Roger Darlington
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 16:37:36 +0000http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/wordpress/?p=336#comment-242You are right, Philip. During the Second World War, Bohemia and Moravia (modern day Czech Republic) were declared a protectorate under the German Reich, while Slovakia was notionally independent. This experience was a bitter and controversial one for Slovak history because the state was a clerical fascist structure that persecuted its minorities, allied itself to Germany, and fought against the USSR.
By: Philip Bickerstaffe
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 09:37:58 +0000http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/wordpress/?p=336#comment-241I’m not positive but I think Slovakia was an independent state between 1939 and 1944. I have been reading a book about Aushwitz recently that details the president of Slovakia at the time (a Catholic priest called Josef Tiso) heading a political party that paid the Nazis 500 Reichsmarks for every Jew deported from Slovakia on the condition they never returned.
I believe that I have to read books about events such as the Holocaust, but do end up having to put the book down regularly to try and comprehend the incomprehensible.
On a positive side Bratislava (the capital) often comes to my attention as being a prime location for outsourcing work due to the exceptional language skills (and of course, lower labour costs).