The Jewish Community Museum focuses on the history and culture of the Jewish community of Bratislava and its surrounding region. The museum’s permanent exhibition, The Jews of Bratislava and Their Heritage, is installed on the upper floor of the synagogue, which is still used as an active house of Jewish worship. A special exhibition, Heritage Rediscovered, is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the synagogue building. The museum is open during the summer tourist season.
Bratislava is also home to a separate Museum of Jewish Culture, which is a branch of the state-run Slovak National Museum.
The Heydukova Street Synagogue is the only remaining synagogue in Bratislava. Constructed in 1923-1926, it is a Cubist building designed by the Bratislava-based Jewish architect Artur Szalatnai-Slatinsky. The synagogue is owned and used by the Jewish community of Bratislava; it is a listed monument, and a valuable example of Slovak interwar architecture. Visitors may also view its restored interior while visiting the museum.
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 1,700 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. 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. More information about the exhibition is at www.engerau.info.
Heydukova 11-13, Bratislava
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
May 20 - October 9
except Jewish holidays
Jewish Community Museum
Kozia 18, 814 47 Bratislava