More "Righteous among the Nations"
- On Thursday, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust foundation recognized
another 14 Slovaks as "Righteous among the Nations," i.e., people who
helped save Jews during World War II. About 20,000 Gentiles around
the world have been recognized so far, more than 400 of them from
Slovakia -- the highest ratio of all the countries.
Among others, the reports mention Zuzana and Pavol Havliks who were
hiding, till the end of the war, a whole family they hadn't known
earlier after the father, Herbert Schuster, approached them on the street.
Bratislava deported about 60,000 Jews in 1942. Most of those who
remained, either because they'd been issued waivers by the government,
or as a result of the cessation of the deportations in the fall, were
deported by the Germans after Hitler intervened to suppress the Slovak
uprising of 1944.
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