Slovakia. Slovak legislators amended the Law on compensations for the Holocaust survivors. In particular it concerns people deported to Nazi death camps. According to the initial variant of the Law the compensation was paid only to those who lived in Slovakia during World War II. Now, the compensation is also paid to people who lived in Eastern Slovakia annexed by Hungary before the war, and those protected by Bohemia and Moravia.
Bulgaria. Plovdiv for the first time celebrates the anniversary of rescuing 8500 Jews from extermination. On March 9, 1943 the occupation authorities gathered thousands of Jews on the central city square. They were planned to be sent to death camps. However, Germans were forced to give up their plans because of mass protests of local citizens. President Georgiy Parvanov called the 9th of March "the day of Bulgarian national pride". The celebration was postponed till Sunday, March 10, so that religious Jews could also participate in the ceremony.
Latvia. Vayra Vikefreiberg, the President of Latvia gave an interview for the Latvian radio. She expressed her gratitude to Latvian legionaries - veterans of SS troops for understanding and support. She meant their refusal to participate in the traditional demonstration on March 16. "The legionaries themselves clearly said that they would not do this. I think that others who are not legionaries do not have the right to hold such demonstrations at all", - said the President.
Hungary. 15-10 tons of matzo (two times as much if compared with the usual amount) will be imported to Israel from Hungary this year. The local factory, that was the main supplier of this product, was closed two years ago as unprofitable. Since then private businessmen import matzo from abroad.
Zoltan Condorozy was one of the first Hungarian businessmen who began to import matzo from Slovakia. His grandfather was awarded the title "Noble non-Jew" established by the Memorial "Yad Vashem". Condorosy says that he is following the family tradition. He wants matzo to be sold in all Hungarian shops, as long it is not only a product but also a part of Jewish culture and tradition.
Hungary. A mobile exhibition, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Raul Wallenberg, opened in Sombatkhey city. It represents photographs and other archive documents related to the person honored in Hungary as a national hero. The rehabilitation process of the Swedish diplomat and his driver began in Russia only in November 2000. Then the President Committee decided to submit the question on rehabilitation of Raul Wallenberg for consideration.