On Monday, 7.7, was the Constitution Day and the Day of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic.
Tova Ben-Dov, President of World WIZO, was the guests of H.E. Mr. Peter Hulenyi, Ambassador Designate of the Slovak Republic and his wife Tatiana, at the reception to mark this event.
Tova and Esther Mor, Chairperson, Fundraising Division of World WIZO, also met Colonel Lubos Klima the Defence Attache of the Embassy and his wife.
Slovakia has intensive people-to-people contacts and tourism with Israel, rich cultural exchange, business and cooperation in the progressive fields of science, innovations, start-ups and R&D, or frequent intergovernmental consultations. We also share values, concerns and interests in the field of international politics, and our strong stand against anti-Semitism in all its forms.
WIZO's aociation with Slovakia began many years ago. President of the Bratislava branch of WIZO, Gisi Fleischmann (1894-1944), was one of the few female Jewish leaders in Europe during World War II.
She helped Jews in Slovakia find refuge in other countries before the war and even in the midst of the war. As a member of the Bratislava underground Working Group, she was involved with the Europa Plan and the Children’s Rescue Plan, which attempted to save Jews through bribery and negotiations with the Nazis. Gisi Fleischmann was sent on the last transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz. SS Hauptsturmführer Alois Brunner ordered that the letters R.U. (Rückkehr unerwünscht – return undesirable) be added to her name. When the train arrived at Auschwitz, two names were called. Gisi Fleischmann was taken away by two SS officers and never seen again.
A special exhibition to honour her memory was organized by the University of Bratislava in 2013, and a special documentary film in her memory was screened in the presence of the previous Ambassador.