Engerau: The Forgotten Story of Petržalka

Engerau: The Forgotten Story of Petržalka

In the fall of 1944 a Nazi labor camp was established in Petržalka (Engerau in German), which at that time was occupied by the Third Reich. About 2,000 Hungarian Jewish men were forced to work in harsh conditions, with daily casualties from lack of food and heat, abuse and summary execution. The Czechoslovak authorities exhumed hundreds of victims in 1945, and twenty-one camp guards were put on trial in 1945-1954 in Vienna. During the 1970s and 1980s, old Petržalka was razed to make way for one of the largest housing developments in the former Communist bloc. Historical memory of the camp disappeared, together with old Petržalka and its inhabitants. Our exhibition presents the individual documents of camp victims in order to give a personal dimension to the story of the Engerau camp. The present-day sites of the camp have been documented by the Bratislava-based Dutch photographer Illah van Oijen.

 

Bratislava Synagogue

The Heydukova Street Synagogue is the only synagogue in Bratislava. Constructed in 1923-1926, it is a Cubist building designed by the Bratislava-based Jewish architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinsky and is listed as a national cultural monument. Orthodox in orientation, the synagogue still serves as an active Jewish house of worship. A Bratislava Jewish Community Museum with a permanent exhibition “The Jews of Bratislava and Their Heritage” is installed upstairs and during the summer season is open to the public.

Bratislava Jewish Community Museum

“The Jews of Bratislava and Their Heritage” is the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Community Museum installed in the women’s gallery of the Heydukova Street Synagogue in Bratislava. This small museum was established by the Bratislava Jewish community to present its rich Jewish heritage and to open the synagogue building – an important monument of interwar architecture – to the public.

Bratislava is also home to a separate Museum of Jewish Culture, a state-run branch of the Slovak National Museum.

Contacts

Jewish Community Museum
Kozia 18, 814 47 Bratislava
Tel.: +421-2-5441 6949
E-mail: synagogue.sk@gmail.com

Location

GPS: 48°8'49.00"N, 17°6'43.50"E
Heydukova 11-13, Bratislava

Hours

Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

The Museum is open from May 22
to October 11 / except Jewish holidays