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					Holocaust Documentation Centre In 1998, the Holocaust Documentation Centre was created in Slovakia. It is a joint project of the Milan Šimečka Foundation and the Jewish Religious Community in Bratislava. The creation of the Documentation Centre is a follow-up to the Fates of Those who Survived the Holocaust project of the Milan Šimečka Foundation and the University of Yale. The role of the centre is to support and organise projects documenting in detail the course, causes and consequences of the Holocaust in Slovakia. It is currently undergoing organisational transformation. In the near future, it should operate as an organisation with its own legal personality under the administration of the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Slovak Republic. The staff of the Documentation Centre includes university scientific workers and employees of scientific institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Comenius University in Bratislava; some Holocaust survivors also take active part in its work. They have already organised dozens of lectures and seminars for teachers and students from various types of Slovak schools. The Documentation Centre participated in the publication of several collections and organisation of several scientific events. During its seven years of operation, it published five volumes of documents related to the history of the Holocaust in Slovakia (a special edition of documents and archive materials Holocaust in Slovakia edited by leading Slovak historians):   Nižňanský, E. (ed.). Holocaust in Slovakia. The Period of Autonomy. The Documents (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava, 2001). Nižňanský, E., Kamenec, I. (eds.). Holocaust in Slovakia 2. President of the Slovak Republic, Government of the Slovak Republic, Congress of the Slovak Republic and State Council on the Jewish Issue. (1939-1945). The Documents. (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava, 2003). Hradská, K. (ed.): Holocaust in Slovakia 3. Letters of Gisela Fleischmann (1942-1944). The Documents. (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava 2003). Nižňanský, E. (ed.): Holocaust in Slovakia 4. Documents of the German provenience. (19391945). (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava 2003). Nižňanský, E. – Baka, Ig. – Kamenec, I. (eds.): Holocaust in Slovakia 5. Documents. Jewish labor camps and centers in Slovakia 1938-1944. (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava 2004).

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Under Auspices of the Holocaust Documentation Center the Milan Šimečka Foundation has also published several other books on the Holocaust in Slovakia. Up to the present day the Foundation has published the following:  Róna, B.: Holocaust - the Slovak way (Milan Šimečka Foundation: Bratislava, 2000).  Lárišová, P.: The Jewish community in Bratislava in 1940 (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava 2000).  Baka, I.: The Jewish Labor Camp in Nováky 1941-1944 (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava 2001).  Gil, Levi and Chana: A Fate of one Family (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava, 2001).  Hradská, K. – Schwalbová, M.: I Lived Lives of Other People (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava, 2001).  Vrzgulová, M. (ed.): We have seen the Holocaust (The Holocaust Documentation Center: Bratislava, 2002).

Holocaust Documentation Centre nongovermental civic association, an organisation with its own legal personality under
the administration of the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities in the Slovak Republic with state-wide agency

Main aims of the Holocaust Documentation Centre are: - to map institutions, NGO, schools, individuals, who carry out research, education or remembrance project on Holocaust in Slovakia to gain complex information about their activities, to enable their communication and their potential cooperation - realization, co-ordination and supervision of research, academic, cultural, public activities focused on Holocaust in Slovakia and present problems of antisemitism, intolerance and rasism in our country There are three general directions research education public relation, cooperation with media

Structure of the Centre Administrative Board has 5 members, three of them will be supervisors in three mentioned areas of operation (in the Board there are nominated representatives of the Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities, Hidden Child Slovakia, experts – historian Dr. Ivan Kamenec and ethnologist Dr. Peter Salner (who is also the head of the Jewish Religious Community in Bratislava) Executive director Dr. Monika Vrzgulová

Research Cooperation with university scientific workers and employees of scientific institutes of the Slovak
Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Comenius University in Bratislava; another universities in Slovak Republic and so on.
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Education The crucial in this area will be running cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Milan Šimečka Foundation, Museum of Jewish Culture and another regional places. Our aim is to improve power of the group of teachers - multiplicators by preparing new interactive methods of education. Public relations First step – built up of the web site www.holokaust.sk,


				
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