A town apologizes to Jews for post-Holocaust attack

By Eric Johnson, dpa
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

Topolcany, Slovakia (dpa) – Set against the monumental backdrop of the Holocaust, the account of an autumn 1945 attack on Jews in this quiet Slovak town could easily have been forgotten as a minor footnote.

But this week an unusual apology to Slovakia’s Jews from Topolcany leaders enriched the 60-year-old saga and ensured its survival as a special chapter of Holocaust history.

Topolcany Mayor Pavol Seges led a delegation that, at a town hall ceremony, read a formal letter of apology for an organized pogram against local Jews who had just returned from concentration camps after the end of World War II.

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