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Leo Pavlat, the director of the Jewish Museum in Prague, objected to Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Malacova’s comments comparing the coronavirus pandemic consequences, namely school closures, to World War II. Malacova said in a TV debate on Sunday that not even the Second World War had prevented children from going to school. Pavlat said that Jewish children were banned from attending all types of schools during WWII. After the Nazi occupation of the Czech Lands, Jewish children were first expelled from German schools, later Czech ones, and eventually also those administered by Jewish communities. Politicians and journalists on social media criticized Malacova’s statement. She had previously tweeted that she meant no disrespect and was simply underscoring the urgency of returning children to school.

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