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SUMMARY OF THE SUMMER ISSUE

Volume 12, No. 2, Summer 2004

Slovak Heritage Live

A quarterly newsletter published by Vladimir Linder

Summer issue was published in May 2004 and it was mailed to 1200 recipients world wide. 


Fortified monastery in Bzovík

FROM THE EDITOR
First of all I would like to thank to everybody that renewed their subscription on time, then the late payers that renewed and most of all to our generous donors.
USA DONATIONS: ONDRIS Joseph F., Murray Hill, NJ, $10.00; CHOVANCEK Ruth, N.Plymouth, MN, $25.00; KOSTIVAL George J., Reading, PA, $10.00; PAULOCHIK Paul M., O'Fallon IL, $75.00; FREEDMAN John, Torrington, CT, $5.00; BOLEBRUCH Jane E., Spotswood, NJ, $5.00; PALISCHAK John T. & Dorothy J., Rosamond, CA, $100.00; CUNNINGHAM, Esther Fojt, TX, $10.00; BELANSKY Evelyn, PA, $15.00; CUNNINGHAM, Esther Fojt, TX $10.00; BERISH Paul, Kingston, NY, $100.00.
TOTAL USA DONATIONS US$ 365.00

CANADIAN DONATIONS: DUNAY John, Tilley, Alberta, $25.00; KRIZAN Igor Dr. and Mrs., Corner Brook, Newfoundland, $75.00.
TOTAL CANADIAN DONATIONS $100.00.
However there are still many of you that forgot to renew your subscription and I will be deleting all non-payers that didn’t renew their subscription since 2000, and there are 79 of you, prior to publishing the Fall issue. After Fall 2004 issue I will remove all non-payers from 2001, and there are 40 of you, and after Winter 2004 issue we will remove all non-payers from 2002 and there are 18 of you. I am sorry but I don’t have bottomless bag with money to finance the non-paying subscribers.
Our web pages hit a record of 326415 hits in March or this year and we are getting more hits every month. Countries with the most hits were: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, United States, USSR (former), Turkey, Poland and Portugal.

You can log in to: www.slovakheritage.org or www.lindervideo.com. I have set up special pages for Liptovská Teplička and all their pension accommodations and everything about Liptovská Teplička is now at www.liptovskateplicka.com. Soon I will set up www.slovakgenealogy.com, www.slovakiagenealogy.com and www.slovakhetitagelive.com.

I will be in Slovakia from June 9 until August 5 and if you need anything you can call me on my cell in Slovakia at: 011-421-0907-297-508 or you can email me at [email protected].

Many thanks, Vladimir

FROM THE MAIL BAG

Dear Vladimir,

Please mail the subscription to Slovak Heritage Live to the address below, and thank you. I hope to visit Slovakia in October, as my ancestors are from there. I am a pianist, and hopefully, I will perform a bit there also.

Best,
John Rusnak
630 East Cypress Avenue Suite E
Burbank  CA  91501 USA
[email protected]

 Vladimir,

Last year August 2003 I did a 15-day, 6-country train trip (Czech republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland). During my overnight stop in Vienna, I found FIGLMÜLLER and had their plate size Wiener schnitzel. I also found ZANONI ice cream. Both were very good.

  Paul Yanosik
128 Oberlin Ave.
Sinking Spring  PA 19608  USA

Milý Vladimir,

Najsamprv Pochválený buď Pán Ježiš Kristus. Posielam môj šek v sume $125.00 na obnovenie mojej subskripcii Slovak Heritage Live, You may use my name in listing donors, aby Slovaci uvideli, že je jeden medzi nimi, ktorý si váži Tvoju veľkú prácu pre Boha i Národ. Maybe it will encourage others to be generous in helping you publish Slovak Heritage.
May you be blest with energy and health to continue bringing us news and activities from Slovakia. May the good Lord bless you with every grace you may need.

Od srdca praje,
Paul Berish
813 Flatbush Road
Kingston  NY  12401-7314  USA

MY SPRING 2004 TRIP TO SLOVAKIA
I had to many things to do prior to my departure so as usual I didn’t go to sleep. While checking my Nikon D100 digital camera I discovered few dust spots on the image sensor. So I picked up my hand blower and blew air into the compartment and this made the situation much worst as now my image sensor was covered with much more dust particles. So I had my work cut out for me for the morning prior to departure in the afternoon. Early morning I went across the town to Nikon service depot where a very friendly technician was able to clean the image sensor in few minutes and they did it at no charge. That was really nice of the Nikon staff. I rushed home to pack and repack as I always have more items than I can take so I wont be over weight as the extra weight if you get charged for it is very expensive. The limit is 70 lbs per suitcase and I always have a little bit more in each of my two Samsonite oyster shell suitcases. I managed to squeeze everything into them Got to the Vancouver International Airport on time. There were no huge lineups. Lufthansa started to fly a new airplane Air Bus 360-600 a week ago between Frankfurt and Vancouver. This is the longest commercial passenger airplane in the world. The plane is very comfortable, spotless, and just beautiful.
This time the service was great as was the food. The entertainment DVD’s have been all working. We arrived in Frankfurt an hour ahead of schedule and our arrival gate was still occupied by another plane so we had to disembark the plane on the far side of the airport and were bussed to the main terminal. I had now three hours instead of to for my departure for Vienna. So I went to the Vienna’s departure gate and had a good rest. I Vienna my friend Raduz Dula was already waiting for me, so we went to Bratislava and ADVANTAGE CAR RENTALS right away. My car was ready and soon I went to my hairdresser for hair cut. Since it was Tuesday and my friends from my youth meet at the pub every Tuesday I went to see them. I only had non-alcoholic beer, which really tastes like the real thing in Slovakia. When I got home I took two sleeping pills and slept like a baby till morning. Got up before 7:00AM went to pick up some money at corner ATM machine and went to the post office to mail the newsletters to my Slovak friends. I was also mailing bunch of letters and I have discovered that Slovak standards for envelopes are different from the ones in Canada or USA and they wanted to charge me extra 50 cents per letter for oversized envelopes instead of 30 cents. So I asked the employee for some scotch tape and I taped every envelope thus making it fit their standards. From here I went to see Izabela Pažítková the press secretary at the Slovak National Theater and Slovak Philharmony. Usually it takes me several tries until I get hold of her. I stop by her office whenever I am passing by. My sister lives just across Izabela’s office so I went to visit her as well and to my surprise she gave me my report cards from Grade one to nine. And I have seen again that I really wasn’t a great student in those grades.
Late afternoon I went to Liptovská Teplička where I arrived at 10:30. The roads were great all the way to Tatranská Štrba and from there it was packed snow all the way to Liptovská Teplička...

AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARIES IN SLOVAKIA
While I was in Slovakia, I found very interesting article about average monthly salaries in different Slovakia’s regions in Pravda newspaper. You may be shocked how low their salaries are and the prices for everything in Slovakia are higher then in North America. The US$ is only about 32.50 SK now, down from 50.00 SK little over a year ago.
Bratislava region 18877.00 Sk is US$ 580.83
Trnava region 13360.00 Sk is US$ 411.08
Nitra region 12147.00 Sk is US$ 373.75
Trenčín region 12735.00 Sk is US$ 391.84
Žilina region 12600.00 Sk is US$ 387.69
Banská Bystrica region 12264.00Sk is US$ 377.35
Košice region 14138.00 Sk is US$ 435.02
Prešov region 11385.00 Sk is US$ 350.31

BOŠANY MANOR HOUSE
Bošany is very old village with important archeological finds from several periods. It is mentioned already in 12th century during the danger from Turks. In the middle of the 16th century they started to build four winged manor house with corner towers. The construction was never finished and the third wing was never built. The bastions are in polygon shape. The overall architecture is Renaissance style with some fragments of the original stucco still visible. During the 17th century the manor house was remodeled and in 1776 rebuilt with new stairwell and hallway with idea of being a strong anti Turkish fortress. It is located in center of Bošany.

BRODZANY VILLAGE AND MANOR HOUSE
The oldest written document about Brodzany is from 1293. A typical Slovak village of the Nitra river basin is recorded under the names of Brogan, Brogen, or Borogen. Later the names Baragan and Baragyan were also added. Of interest is the fact that as late as the 17th century the name Brogyan came into being, referring to the Brogyányi family (the ending yi being of Hungarian origin).
As it is documented in the first written record of 1293, the name of the settlement Brogen originated undoubtedly from the word brod referring to those people who lived by the ford. Archeological rema­ins dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries give convincing evidence of the existence of the Old Slavic settlement of Brodzany. Ot­her findings from the surrounding areas of this village, as well as from the villages of Krásno and Žabokreky nad Nitrou nearby, all provide further concrete evidence of its existence in the centuries that followed.
According to J. Stanislav and E. Pauliny, the present name of Bro­dzany was derived from “…the root word brod (“ford”) and suffix jany or any, as was common for place names that were derived from root words in the early Slavic history of the territory occupied by the oldest Slavic tribes”. In accordance with the views of these scholars the following progression can be observed in the group of consonants: from dj to dž to dz. This seems to suggest the reliability of the documentation related to Brodzany and its nearest sur­roundings. Within this historical context it is noteworthy that the family name of Brodziansky is always found in the written documents as well as in its colloquial usage under its Hungarian form, i.e. Brogyanyi. Already mentioned in 1293 as a class of ruling over the Tekov castle serfs, the Brodzianskys began to rule over the village as early as the 11th century. Brodzany was situated in the north westernmost corner of the Tekov region in the Oslany district...

BZOVÍK  A FORTIFIED MONASTERY
Bzovik is a Gothic-Renaisance fortress against Turks and it is former monastery of Premonstrans. Its beginnings date back to before 1135. It was founded by Lampert from family Hunt-Poznanyi together with son Nikolas and wife Zofia, sister of Hungarian King Ladislav. The monastery church was built in the first half of the 12th century, despite its mention for the first time in written records in 1285. During the fights between the followers of Polish Ladislav Jagelovský and Hungarian Elizabeth, local area was devastated by the soldiers of Jiskra that were stationed in near by Krupina. During this time the monastery was rebuilt in Gothic Style. They added a chapel to the old Romanesque single nave church with two towers in 1444-1446. They also built a new monastery wing and garden of paradise. The monastery was burned down in 1471 by people from Krupina.
In 1530 Zigmund Balassa attacked the monastery, he evicted the monks and rebuilt the monastery on grandiose scale to anti Turkish fortress. The whole former monastery was surrounded by high-fortified wall and four corner bastions. There was a moat surrounding the fortress.  
After 1678 the fortress was repaired and rebuilt in Baroque style by Estergom’s bishop Juraj Szelepcsényi. These holdings were managed by Estergom’s Chapter up to 1908 when they were sold.

TIBOR’S LARGE FOLKLORE HEART IN TINY MUSEUM
By: Martin MÁZOR Translated by: Vladimir Linder
One of the smallest and most original museums in the world is Zvolen’s Kučera’s Mini Museum. It is well known between Slovak folklorists, but it is well hidden from non-folklorist public. It is located in an old bachelor’s one bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of pre fabricated concrete apartment building in Bukovina, part of Zvolen where this folklore enthusiast lives. Forty-five years old Tibor Kučera, owner, manager, custodian, and lector in the same person sacrificed for folklore and later also for collection of folklore artifacts pretty well forty years of his life.
“I started with folklore as a little boy, when they enrolled me in dance section of Folk school of art in Zvolen,” starts to look into past bearded, longhaired Tibor. “We had an experienced teacher and choreographer Maria Mázor and since she was (and still today is) well known folklorist, she established children folklore group ZORNIČKA (Morning Star). She thought us love for folklore that we carried with us further in life. Well, I liked hockey as well, as Zvolen is a hockey town. But they put me most of the time to be a goalie, where I was always cold. I didn’t like it, so at the end the dancing and folklore has won. Somewhere there are also the beginnings of my mini folklore museum. When we went with our folklore group to perform at different festivals, I would always buy myself a souvenir. Small jingle bell, pin, wooden figurine, or pitcher...

GOTHIC ART HISTORY OF SLOVAK FINE ART
SLOVAK NATIONAL GALLERY
November 21, 2003 – March 21, 2004
Perhaps the most valuable works of the history of art in Slovakia come from the period between 1250 and 1550. For over one hundred years, such personalities as Master Paul of Levoča and Master MS, or constructions of churches in Košice, Bardejov and Bratislava, have attracted attention of art historians and the public who had the last opportunity to appreciate the high standard of Slovak Gothic art at the representative exhibition in Prague in 1937. Many Gothic artifacts of Slovak provenance have been kept in foreign institutions, inaccessible archives as well as private and church collections. However, thanks to new discoveries in recent years, it was possible to present other, hitherto unknown, works of art, or modify earlier professional opinion after their restoration and conservation.
Within the cycle of History of Slovak Fine Arts, the Slovak National Gallery in co‑operation with the City Museum in Bratislava presents an exhibition, a popular scientific publication and also organizes an international conference under a simple title ‑ Gothic art. In co‑operation with domestic and foreign archives, museums and galleries, and thanks to the readiness of many Church property owners, we have the ambition to show well‑known panel paintings and sculptures, but also to offer a fresh view on their context within the culture of medieval Europe...

DOMICA CAVE
NATIONAL NATURE MONUMENT WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE
Cadastral area: Kečovo
District: Rožňava
Region: Košice

It is situated on the south­western edge of the Silická Plateau in the Slovak Karst, 10 km to the southwest of Plešivec, near the borders with Hungary. Domica Cave is a pearl of the National Na­ture Reserve Domické škrapy (Domické Karren) in the Pro­tected Landscape Area and Bio Spherical Reserve of the Slovak Karst. Entrance to the cave is at the southern foothill of Domica Hill, 339 meters above the sea level.
It was formed in the Middle Triassic Wetterstein limestones of the Silický nape along the tectonic faults, by underground streams of Styx and Domica at three developmental levels. Overall cave length is 5,080 meters. The lowest part is filled with gra­vel and loam. It forms a gene­tically compact entity, about 25 km in length, together with the Baradla Cave in Hungary...

SLOVAKIA’S FOLK FESTIVALS 2004

20. TURČIANSKE SLÁVNOSTI FOLKLÓRU
20. TURIEC FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
June 13-15
 

This will be the 20th year of Turiec celebration of folklore. Turiec is a county in north central part of Slovakia that covers large territory around the town of Martin. Information: 011-421-43-413-2394

28. ZAMAGURSKÉ FOLKLÓRNE SLÁV­NOSTI
28. ZAMAGURIE FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
June 18-20

  Folk festival of under Tatras region in Čer­vený Kláštor with international participants. Information: 011-421-52-772-2466

  45. FOLKLÓRNE SLÁVNOSTI MYJAVA 2004
45. FOLK FESTIVAL MYJAVA 2004
June 18-20

45th year of international folklore festival-member CIOFF. Presentation of folk art from western Slovakia region with participation of folklore groups from whole Slovakia and abroad. Myjava is in Western Slovakia on the South side of White Carpathian Mountains and about 4 miles from Moravian border. Information: Dom kultúry s.r.o., Partizánska 290/17,  907 01 Myjava, Information: 011-421-34-621 3389

35. ŠARIŠŠKÉ FOLKLÓRNE SLÁVNOSTI IN RASLAVICE
35. ŠARIŠ FOLKLORE CELEBRATIONS IN RASLAVICE

June 18-20

There is a folk group Raslavičan here, just great and this festival is great as well.

  50. SLÁVNOSTI KULTÚRY RUSÍNOV-UKRAJINCOV SLOVENSKA-SVIDNÍK
50.FFOLKLORE FESTIVAL OF RUTHENIANS AND UKRAINIANS-SVIDNÍK
June 18-20

 

EUROFOLKLÓR A HOREHRONSKÉ DNI SPEVU A TANCA
EUROFOLKLOR AND UPPER HRON FESTIVAL OF SONGS AND DANCES
June 27-29

 The 39th Folk festival of Upper Hron days of songs and dances in Heľpa central Slovakia. Information:011-421-48-412-5206

  MEDZINÁRODNÝ FOLKLÓRNY FES­TIVAL STRÁŽNICE
INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL STRÁŽNICE
June 24-27

The 59th year of the Strážnice international festival. This also will be the seventh year of the central European folk festival CIOFF.

 

O, OUR JOHN, OUR JOHN
JUNE 27

Ján’s folk customs coupled with magical rituals original to traditional, simple folk environment. Performances of different folk groups. Museum of liptov village, Pribylina. Information 011-421-44-522-2485

FOLKLÓRNY FESTIVAL VÝCHODNÁ
FOLK FESTIVAL VÝCHODNÁ
July 2- 4

This will be its 50th year of the festival. Only the best folk dance and folk singing groups of Slovakia perform at this festi­val. The festival has also international participa­tion of non-Slovak folk dance groups. Infor­mation: 011-421-2-529-14114

ST. CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY
Devín’s Castle, July 5

 

FOLKLÓRNE SLÁVNOSTI POD POĽANOU, DETVA
FOLK FESTIVAL UNDER POĽANA, DETVA
July 9-11

  This will be the 39th year of the festival. Main emphasis of the festival is to show the folk­lore and folk traditions of this central Slova­kia region, with guest per­formances of groups from around Slo­vakia. On Sunday morning traditionally, there is a program called “Sun­day with our countrymen.” and Slo­vak groups from around the world perform alongside with Slo­vak groups. Information: 011-421-45-545-5202

 

HORŇÁCKE SLÁVNOSTI
HORNACK’S CELEBRATIONS
VELKÁ NAD VELIČKOU-MORAVIA
July 16-18

  Velká nad Veličkou is about 8 miles North of Myjava in Moravia in the Czech republic. This is a festival of festivals and musicians play here almost nonstop for three days.

SPOMIENKY STARÝCH NÔT FUJÁR
REMEMBERING THE OLD NOTES OF FUJARAS
July 23-24

All Slovakia performance of fujara players in honor of the dean of Detva’s fujara players Jožka Rybára. Korytárky, house of culture and Roman Catholic Church
Information:  Spolok slovenských fujarášov, Roman Malatinec, Korytárky 313, 962 04 Korytárky, phone:  011-45-546-62 44,   cell 011-421-905-869-576 email: [email protected]

42. ROČNÍK MEDZINÁRODNÉHO FOLKLÓRNEHO FESTIVALU
JÁNOŠÍKOVE DNI 2004
42. YEAR OF INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
JANOŠÍK DAYS 2004
TERCHOVÁ
July 31-August 1

I was four summers ago and it was great. Many groups from the region are performing at this festival. Information: 011-421-41-569-5129

IX. FOLKLÓRNY FESTIVAL POD KRÁĽOVOU HOĽOU
IX. FOLKLORE FESTIVAL UNDER KRÁĽOVÁ HOĽA
LIPTOVSKÁ TEPLIČKA 2004
July 31-August 1

This is the ninth year of a truly fantastic festival with everyone in the village joining in. Groups from both sides of Kráľová Hoľa, Liptov, Spiš and Upper Hron and different regions of Slovakia and always at least one group from abroad participate. Information: Miestne kultúrne stredisko, Gabriela Bohunčáková, 059 40 Liptovská Teplička, phone: 011-421-52-779-8110, email: [email protected]

29. PODROHÁČSKE FOLKLÓRNE SLÁVNOSTI ZUBEREC-BRESTOVÁ
29. PDROHÁČSKE FOLKLORE CELEBRATIONS
August 6-8

Orava’s folklore is the theme here. Location is close to the open-air museum in Zuberec-Berestová. This is a small but very nice festival with international participation. Information: 011-421-43-586-4928

KOLIESKO
KOKAVA NAD RIMAVICOU
August 6-8

  This is the fourteenth year of festival of young folklorists with a lot of innovative ideas. Small, but great. The villagers open their house courtyards and people sing and dance in them all night long after the official festival programs. This is a great festival. Information: 011-421-47-429-3245

ECHOES OF OLD SLAVIC LANGUAGE UNDER KRAĽOVA HOĽA
OZVENY STAROSLOVIENČINY POD KRÁĽOVOU HOĽOU V TELGÁRTE
August 14-15

Ecumenical festival of folk and sacral songs. Place: Telgárt, Greek-catholic church, Kráľova Hoľa, house of culture; Dobšiná, Rožňava, Poprad, Brezno, Gemerská Poloma, Šumiac. Information: Mária Knižková, Základná škola, 976 73 Telgárt, 011-421-48-619-46 01

IX. HONTIANSKA PARÁDA
IX. HONT’S PARADE HRUŠOV 2002
August 20-22

This is a regional festival of the Hont re­gion. Meeting with the traditional culture in the frame of agro tourism. Folklore programs are a part of sampling or the traditional ways activities such as bread baking, wood working, sampling of pear brandy, working with hay, traditional cooking, open folk scene, horseback riding and many more. Place: Hrušov, amphitheater, house of culture, and the whole village. Information 011-421- 47-488 –0122

GEMERS’S FOLKLORE FESTIVAL REJDOVÁ 2004
August 21-22

31st year of presentation of folklore, folk customs, traditions and folk crafts from Gemer ant other regions of Slovakia and from abroad..
Rejdová, Information: 011-421-58-734-4259

Our information about the festivals is deemed to be correct, but is not guar­anteed. Please phone ahead before making your final arrangements to participate

SLOVAK FOLK DANCES
Mária Mázorová, Kliment Ondrejka and colleagues
ISBN 80-80-00322-7

This book is in Slovak.

It contains:Map of folklore regions of Slovakia

Detailed choreographies and songs including music sheets from following regions: ZEMPLÍN, GEMER, LIPTOV, GORAL, PODPOĽANIE, MYJAVA, ŠARIŠ and SPIŠ, NITRA and TEKOV, HONT, NOVOHRAD and ZVOLEN, TRENČÍN and KYSUCE, PODUNAJ and ZÁHORIE.

The text is supplied with 106 color photographs, 159 black and white photographs of the folk dress, folklore groups, prominent dancers and musicians in the authentic version; 388 black and white photographs of the dance motives performed by the members of some outstanding ensembles, 174 songs and folk scores, the folklore map of the Slovakia.

The work The Slovak folk dances is the complex and systematic publication from the sphere of the Slovak dance folklore and with it close associated kinds of the folk art, which were developing together with the dance, were influencing each other and formed often one entirety.

This work is the result of the needs and requirements of all those who are concerned with the folk dance and the folk art. It represents the picture of the past expressing that the Slovak folk dance and the folk art have kept substantially the form of the classic art because their characteristic elements can be found in all periods of the development and are preserved until the present time.
With the aim of saving our cultural heritage (folk dance, music, songs, dress) for the contemporaries and the future generations in its full beauty, the authors pass to the readers with high professionalism their life long knowledge and experiences acquired in research and professional work in the folk ensembles.

In the first chapters of the book the general characteristics of the dance folklore, the musical folklore and the folk dress in the Slovakia is presented so as their samples have been preserved for us since the old times until those of the beginning of the 20th century.
In the next part twenty folklore regions are presented in detail: the regions of Zemplín, Gemer and Horehronie, Liptov, Tatra’s highlanders, Poľana, Myjava, Šariš, Spiš, Nitra, Tekov, Orava, Turiec, Hont, Novohrad, Zvolen, Trenčín, Kysuce, Danube lowlands and Záhorie. The complete typical picture of the separate regions is offered. The location, settlement, the survey of many known dances, descriptions of the dances, musical folklore, folk dress. At those regions where the most peculiar Slovak dances originated, also the detailed descriptions of the dance motives are given.

The work is intended for all who admire the folk dance, especially for the dancing masters, young people who attend dancing schools, the amateur and professional dance ensembles. It will be of good use for the choreographers, dress designers and for all those who are engaged in the folklore and want to acquire further professional knowledge and experience in this sphere. But certainly it will please everybody who is interested in the beauty of the Slovak folklore, its richness and variety.

We believe that the book will inspire all its readers with admiration for the creation of unknown folk artists of the long and the recent past. At the same time it will help all bearers of the traditions to keep and propagate the most beautiful jewels of the Slovak national culture.

 
The hard cover book is available now

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TOTAL PRICE US$109.95

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SLOVAK HISTORY CHRONOLOGY & LEXICON
Publisher: SPN
This book is in English
The book (350 pages) is divided into two sections.

The first section, the calendar, presents Slovak history from the first evidence about human beings on Slovak territory up to the events that took place in 1998 with notations summarizing important historical events and phenomena.
The second section is an encyclopedic dictionary with three hundred alphabetically arranged entries characterizing the most important concepts, institutions, and events. It includes genealogical tables of the longest reigning dynasties on the Hungarian throne, a list of all rulers and presidents of states to which the lands of Slovakia belonged (Great Moravia, the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Slovakia).
Six historians from Bratislava prepared this chronology of Slovak history (J. Bartl, V. Segeš, V. Čičaj, D. Škvarna-main author, R. Letz and M. Kohútová).
It is said that the way to the knowledge of the present leads through a knowledge of the past. Therefore, this book can be recommended to all readers, who are interested in the Slovak history as well as to those, who are involved in genealogical research.
We can only welcome this book trying to fill the gap because until now, Slovak history was not sufficiently covered and to a very limited extent in the English language.
It is not frequent to mention the translator’ s name, but an exception in this case is allowed, thank you David P. Daniel for your excellent translation.
Reviewed by Miroslava Dulová

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Obrázkový slovník slovenčiny
ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF THE SLOVAK LANGUAGE
Author: Oľga Škvareninová
Publisher: SPN
ISBN 80-8-00913-6
This illustrated dictionary is intended for each and everybody with the intention to improve his or her knowledge of the Slovak language.
It includes approximately 3 000 selected words, more than the basic thesaurus.
The dictionary is divided into six individual titles and accompanied by a register at the end.
The individual titles are:
People and their surroundings
Nature
Working environment

Transportation
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