The Holocaust in Slovakia was the systematic dispossession, deportation,
and murder of Jews in the Slovak State, a client state of Nazi Germany.
Out of 89,000 Jews in the country in 1940, 68,000 to 71,000 were
murdered during the Holocaust. In 1939, the ruling ethnonationalist
Slovak People's Party declared independence from Czechoslovakia with
German protection. Jews were targeted for discrimination and harassment,
including the confiscation of property and businesses. On
9 September 1941, the government passed the Jewish Code, which it
claimed to be the strictest anti-Jewish law in Europe. In late 1941, the
Slovak government negotiated with Nazi Germany for the mass deportation
of Jews to German-occupied Poland. Between March and October 1942,
58,000 Jews were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp and the Lublin
District; only a few hundred survived. The murder of Jews resumed after
August 1944, when Germany invaded Slovakia and another 13,500 Jews were
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust_in_Slovakia>
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(Judaism) A Jewish prayer of praise to God recited during services, and
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Responsibility is a unique concept … You may share it with
others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it
is still with you … If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion,
or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.
Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when
something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.
--Hyman G. Rickover