The Road to Auschwitz: The Deportation of the Slovak Jews by the Hlinka Guard

ISBN: 9781781558805
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Few organisations stir up such negative emotions as the Hlinka Guard whose members actively helped Nazis slaughter innocent Slovaks.

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  • The deeply-rooted stereotypes of Hlinka Guard members made it easy to slaughter Jews

  • The holocaust began for the Slovak Jews in the autumn of 1938 at the hands of the Hlinka Guard

  • The Hlinka Guard was the paramilitary unit created by Catholic priest Andrej Hlinka

  • Deportations of Jews were carried out in Slovak trains by the Hlinka Guard

    The holocaust began for the Slovak Jews in the autumn of 1938 when Slovakia became an autonomous region. Jewish property was confiscated, and businesses liquidated at bargain prices all in an effort to Aryanise the country.

    However, by 26 March 1942, the first trainloads of Jews deported from Slovakia embarked to their final destination at Auschwitz and death camps in the Lublin area. The mechanism for rounding-up the Jews and subsequent forced deportation was the Hlinka Guard.

    By October 1942, the Hlinka Guard had overseen the deportation of some 60,000 Slovak Jews. During the 1944-1945 German occupation from 1944 to 1945, another 13,500 Jews were deported and 5,000 imprisoned. Many of the Jews ended up at the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration and extermination camp.

    After a brief respite, the Hlinka Guard once again took to persecuting Jews throughout Slovakia. Slovak gypsies (Roma) were also persecuted by the Hlinka Guard.

    Hlinka Guards were used to do the dirty work, killing suspect Roma rebels in front of their wives and children, and then murdering the entire family.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781558805
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 256 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 30 August 2022
    ILLUSTRATIONS 31 black-and-white photographs



    Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. is an award-winning writer/editor with over 25 years’ experience and is the author of over 150 published articles and three books. Zapotoczny Jr. is a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications and is a former historian with the US Army, specialising in military history and Holocaust studies. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in world military history and a Master of Arts with honours in global history from the American Public University.