Jewish History

Jewish History:   Writing about Jews during the Second World War is certainly far from innovative, whether they survive or not. That was one of the main reasons for me to hold back with the story that came to my mind twelve months ago. Was that market saturated? Do we need to hear more about this time or have we reached a point where we need to move on and attend to new injustices and more contemporary matters in our writing? I for one have not tired of hearing the many personal stories and the nuances of suffering. There are always new angles to a seemingly similar story or fate.  Even after 65+ years later I find the scale of the Holocaust shocking.  I stumbled upon the role that Slovakia played in the war more or less by chance and as I learned a new piece of history that I had never known about, I wondered how different life for Jews here would have been. The unique role of Slovakia with an ‘illegitimate’ government and a government in exile was particularly fascinating. Although a partner of Nazi Germany the country was ‘liberated’ by the Red Army and a victim of Hitler. 

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