Anti-Jewish Riots during Partisan Congress in Czech Press in Summer 1946.
|Keywords||Semitism, Jews, partisans, Czech press, news agencies, Slovakia|
|Citation||BEDNAŘÍK, Petr . Anti-Jewish Riots during Partisan Congress in Czech Press in Summer 1946. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum Prague: National Museum, 2012, 57(4), 37-42. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/amnphl/57-4/anti-jewish-riots-during-partisan-congress-in-czech-press-in-summer-1946|
Anti-Semitic demonstrations continued in Slovakia in the period following World War II. The most famous of these was the pogrom in Topoľčany in September 1945. Further anti-Semitic incidents took place in Slovakia in early August 1946 during the first national partisan congress held in Bratislava. Jews were attacked while the partisans shouted anti-Semitic slogans. Eventually, further attacks on Jews took place in other Slovak towns. The manifestations of anti-Semitism were also reported by the Czech press which was however, greatly dependent on Czechoslovak News Agency and News Agency of Slovakia. The information lacked detail and failed to capture what was actually happening in Slovakia. Readers were therefore unable to form an opinion to the extent of anti-Semitic activities. The Paris Peace Conference which took place at that time was associated with major tension between Czechoslovakia and Hungary. The Czech press and the government tried to point the finger at Hungarian fascists as being responsible for anti-Semitism. They did not admit that it could also be a manifestation of Slovak anti-Semitism, associated with the partisans, the war heroes, from whom nobody anticipated any negative behaviour.