This Jewish community, devastated by the Nazis, was further depleted during the Communist decades. The few remaining Jews live primarily in Bratislava and Kosice.
Slovak Jews, many of whom speak Hungarian as their mother tongue, are more traditional than their Czech counterparts. While few are religious today, many of them grew up in deeply religious homes, and their biographies reflect this.
Less than 3,000 Jews live in Slovakia today but their positions in intellectual circles–in universities and teaching hospitals–casts a much larger shadow.
Our interviews in Slovakia were spearheaded by Dr Martin Korcok. Martin lectures frequently on Jewish culture, is employed as a curator at the Slovak Jewish Museum, and is a member of the International Task Force on Holocaust Education.