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Laurinská Street, Bratislava
Laurinská Street, Bratislava

The Partisan Congress riots were attacks on Jews in Bratislava and other towns in the Slovak part of Czechoslovakia between 1 and 6 August 1946. After World War II, former partisans were often appointed as administrators of property and businesses that had been confiscated from Jews by the previous regime. In May 1946 a law mandating the restitution of these was passed and antisemitic leaflets and attacks on Jews increased. A national congress of former Slovak partisans was held in Bratislava on 2 – 4 August 1946. Rioting began on 1 August, and despite police attempts to maintain order, 10 apartments were broken into, 19 people were injured (4 seriously), and the Jewish community kitchen was ransacked (scene of one attack pictured) over seven days. Attacks and riots occurred in other Slovak towns. The contemporary press played down the involvement of partisans. In response, the government launched a crackdown on antisemitic incitement and suspended restitution to Jews. (Full article...)