Parliamentary Chair Peter Pellegrini, left, Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska and Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, right, cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Holocaust museum in Sered, Slovakia. (Lukas Grinaj/TASR via AP) (Lukas Grinaj/TASR via AP)
Sered Holocaust museum

Slovakia’s president and prime minister have opened the country’s first Holocaust museum at a site of a former Nazi labor and concentration camp.

Andrej Kiska and Robert Fico inaugurated the museum at a ceremony Tuesday in the western town of Sered.

Fico said: “We are obliged to document the tragedy of the Slovak Jews.”

Slovakia was a Nazi puppet state during World War II. It sent over 70,000 of its Jews to Nazi concentration camps, where most of them perished and only has a tiny Jewish community today.

After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918, Slovakia became part of Czechoslovakia, which split peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

By: AP