Thursday, January 5, 2012

Slovenia's First Jewish Memorial

Between the two world wars, Murska Sobota was home to Slovenia's biggest Jewish community.

During WWII, the area was occupied by the Hungarians. On April 26, 1944, the town's 328 Jews were ordered to gather with hand luggage. They were locked up overnight, without food or water, and the next day were sent away, eventually going to Auschwitz. About 65 people survived. Today, only about a dozen Jews live in Murska Sobota.

On January 29, 2010, Slovenia's first Holocaust memorial was unveiled at the train station.

The memorial is a suitcase with a bench and an inscription that reads...

V aprilskih nočeh leta 1944 je s te postaje za vedno izginil velik del judovske skupnosti Prekmurja.

In April nights of 1944 from this station a large part of Jewish community of Prekmurje forever disappeared.

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