Slovakia: Patriotic Party Files Charges Against WW2 Jewish “Resistance” Exhibitors
THE FAR-RIGHT People’s Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) of Marian Kotleba (pictured) has filed a criminal complaint against an exhibition on resistance during World War II that took place in the town of Banská Bystrica in October, arguing that it promoted Zionism which was a crime.
The Slovak police are dealing with the case, their spokesman Mária Faltániová told the Czech News Agency.
The Post Bellum SK nongovernmental organization that prepared the exhibition rejected the accusation.
The exhibition presented the life story of a Slovak Jewish woman, Štefánia Lorándová, who helped Slovak refugees in Hungary get false identity documents during the war, among others. It included the information that Lorándová was a member of the Zionist movement Hashomer Hatzair.
Kotleba’s party argues that the text promotes the Zionist movement and adds that a United Nations General Assembly resolution from 1975 considered Zionism a form of racism and racial discrimination.
Post Bellum SK said in reaction that this resolution was annulled in 1991. Members of Hashomer Hatzair helped persecuted Jews during World War II, it added.
“Lorándová saved hundreds of lives. She was interned in the National Socialist concentration camp in Auschwitz because of her resistance activities,” Post Bellum SK wrote.
The Post Bellum organization that operates both in Slovakia and the Czech Republic focuses on the recording of life stories that map the periods of communism and National Socialism.
“We do this so that people such as Mr Kotleba would not be able to lie shamelessly and abuse the xenophobic moods in society like the National Socialists who had started World War II,” Post Bellum SK wrote.
Kotleba has been the governor of the Banská Bystrica Region since 2013.
The extra-parliamentary ĽSNS is known for its support for the wartime National Socialist-sponsored Slovak state and its criticism of Romanies and other minorities. It organized several protests against refugees this year.
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Source: Prague Post