Slovakia

About 136,000 Jews lived in Slovakia in 1930. Today, there are about 3,000. The two biggest Jewish communities are in Bratislava, the capital (about 600 Jews) and in Kosice (under 300 Jews). Smaller communities of several dozen Jews (or less) function in a dozen other towns and cities.

There are about 700 Jewish cemeteries in towns, cities and villages throughout the country, most of them neglected.

More than 100 synagogue buildings still stand. A few are still used as Jewish houses of worship. Some are in ruins or stand empty. Most are transformed for a wide range of other uses, from dwellings and warehouses to museums and cultural venues.

The Slovak Jewish Heritage Route links more than two dozen Jewish heritage sites in all regions of the country.

 

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