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Volume 14, No. 1, Spring 2006

Slovak Heritage Live

A quarterly newsletter published by Vladimir Linder

Spring issue was published in May 2006 and it was mailed to 1200 recipients world wide. 

I am a bit late with the spring 2006 issue but you are getting the summer issue as well and on that one, I am early.
This is our 14th year anniversary issue and so far, excluding this issue we published 52 issues and 768 pages.

We started in spring of 1993 with four pages and doubling them to eight in summer and again adding four pages in the fall issue and adding four more pages in winter issue and our newsletter has been 16 pages since winter 1993. I do have every issue kept in my archives. 

I have been extremely busy, I started to study at University of British Columbia, as I have to challenge property management exam by end of the year. The Government made new law by which all property managers managing strata and rental properties must be licensed by January 1, 2007, so I have no other choice and must do the exam.

I am leaving June 12 and will return on August 22. If you have any requests for genealogical research, ancestral village videos or photography, visit my pages for information at and then call me at 011-421-918-075-291 or email me at: [email protected]. I am taking my study materials to Slovakia and intend to study there.

In 2005, our web pages got 150348 visitors and 2.685261 hits, got 5742 visitors and 278987 hits and got 1564 visitors and 49539 hits.

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Dear Vladimir,
Just a note to tell you I enjoy reading your newsletter, however I am sending you a copy of an outline Map of Slovakia so you can mark some of the places you visit each time and maybe put the map location marks into the newsletter, because you are making me dizzy traveling. I have been to Slovakia four times and I can’t figure out how you get so fast from one area to another also mark where your favorite Pension Dolinka is located-we could maybe look it up and give them more business when travelers go to Slovakia. How much would it cost me if I asked you to look up some family history-as what I want to know is in the archives in Banská Bystrica. In addition, do you ever tour Puchov, Beluša, Dolné Kočkovce in the Považská Bystrica area? I would like to see some history from this area.

Again, keep up the newsletter.

Anne Podolinsky
3894 Little Irleand Rd. RR#7
Alvinston  Ont. N0N 1A0 CANADA

Dear Mrs. Podolinsky thank you for your map suggestion, however I can’t do it as the newsletter is done electronically and I can’t paste paper into it. My suggestion is to look up the locations on the Internet or you can purchase Auto Atlas of the Slovak Republic in scale 1:100000 from me for US$ 65.45. To do a search in Archives in Banská Bystrica we charge US$ 250.00 per name and you pay for the charges in the archive. You authorize the amount you want to spend which is also to be prepaid. We usually authorize archives up to US$250.00. You pay what they charge and may get a refund for some of the unused funds. Research in Slovak archives must be prepaid and they also bill for their time in case they don’t find anything, as they have to go through the records. I have been to Beluša few years ago as I had a research job there, two years ago I went through Dolné Kočkovce and Púchov and I been through Považská Bystrica many times, last time in November 2005....

I left Vancouver on October 11. Flew with British Airways through London to Vienna. The flight was great. Recently the airlines reduced the weight of luggage per suitcase from 32 kilograms to 23 kilograms, but British Airways didn’t make the change yet, so I was safe with my two huge Samsonite oyster shell suitcases. Funny talking about suitcases. I used to buy new set cheap vinyl suitcases every trip, as they pretty well would be destroyed after each overseas trip. Then when my friends from Slovakia the Dula’s family visited us long time ago, I noticed their great suitcases, immediately I made some enquiries and both two Samsonite Oyster Shell suitcases from Satchel Shops, owned by my friend Larry Izen. You may remember the ads in TV with elephant stampeding on them and nothing happened to them. It was not fiction, they are really that good. I remember they were very expensive, but survived by now about 30 overseas trips without any major problems and they are still like brand new, so if you count the number of trips they have been around the world, after all it was pretty good deal. In addition, over the years they have been lost several times by different airlines. I have just read in Slovak Papers on Internet that Samsonite is closing their suitcase factory in Nové Zámky in Slovakia and moving it to China.
My friend Milan Štefánik picked me at Vienna’s airport and soon I was on my way to Bratislava. The border, now almost non-existent was smooth; nobody asked us any questions, of course I went in on my Slovak passport or the Slovak Id card. We were just waived through, as usual.
Next morning ACR-Advantage Car Rentals delivered my car to my residence. I thought they would just pick me up, but they delivered the car to me right in front of the apartment.
I mentioned to you in previous issue that our daughter Julia will start studying Slovak language in September 2005. Well she arrived in Slovakia in September 2005 and is currently studying the preparatory Slovak language class for the Slovak university studies. However, more on Julias studying on following pages. Next day I picked up Julia after school in Bratislava and we went through Banská Bystrica, Brezno and Čertovica mountain pass to Liptovská Teplička, where we stayed in at my Liptovská Teplička residence, PENSION ĽUDMILA. Saturday morning Julia and I went for a hike up the Smrečiny Mountain above Liptovská Teplička. I must tell you that in all those years visiting Liptovská Teplička, I never went for a hike up the Smrečiny Mountain and I was really happy that Julia and I went hiking, all the way to the top. I was there on several occasions by car and then in Spring 2005 I was skiing there and went there by the ski lift. The views from there are spectacular and unbelievable. We had a great time. Sunday we went for a hike to the High Tatra Mountains. We drove to Starý Smokovec. Got free parking on my press pass as I was there officially, taking pictures. We took the tram to Hrebienok and from there we went on two-hour walk all the way to Skalnaté Pleso. The weather was not so great, it was windy at times and snowing and really cold. Julia is in great condition and I had a hard time catching up with her most of the way. We made it to the lake, then went for a tea in a cottage under the pleso and hiked back down to Hrebienok. It was a great day, and we enjoyed it a lot. Monday we drove through the mountains south to Telgárt. You see, Julia’s confirmation sponsor’s mother lives in Telgárt and we arranged for Julia to have permanent residence in Telgárt. Julia is a Slovak citizen and therefore now a citizen of European Union and these days it has great advantages. She does have European Union passport as well. We had to visit the mayor’s office to officially put her into the residents list, got some papers and were told to go to Brezno, where at the police office they will issue her a permanent residency card. We went to Brezno after stop at the Telgárt mayor’s office. Well, in Brezno we were told that the picture we have for the card won’t do and we will have to bring a new one, so we went to a studio and in few minutes we got new pictures, went back to the police office where Julia got her permanent residency card in few minutes, which was great. To be a resident has also great advantages. Later on, we returned to Bratislava and we still managed to get a student public transportation card for Julia. She as a Slovak citizen, resident and student, got a pass for about CA$8.00 for public transportation for the whole city for a month, which is a great deal. Maria, my wife, was arriving next day in Vienna. In the morning, I went to the study office at Julia’s school and shown them her permanent residency card, the ladies in the office were surprised, but I delivered on my promise. You see if she did not have the permanent residency card and Slovak citizen status, she would have to get approval prior to her arrival for her studies and stay by the Slovak police...

I have been renting cars from Advantage Car Rentals for over three years. I get great and very friendly service and their prices are reasonable. They also offer long-term rentals for month and more at even better prices and savings and unlimited mileage as well. Nobody in Slovakia has better deal then ADVANTAGE CAR RENTALS and believe me I did my research. Multinational companies and you all know who I mean, are excessively expensive and other Slovak car rental companies are more expensive as well. During my last trip, I talked to Ing. Peter Moravčík and found that the Ing. Milan Mjartan established the car rental company in 1992 as MM Car Rentals and changed its name to Advantage Car Rentals in 1995. Since then they have grown to 4 employees and 70 cars. Many cars are leased on long-term basis to their corporate clients such as Volkswagen Slovakia, PVC, Jan Becher, Price Waterhouse, Unilever, Peugeot-Citroen, IBM, AT&T, Orange, and others. The company provides extra services such as pick up and drop off practically anywhere in the territory of European Union, so pick up or drop off ACR car in Budapest, Vienna, or Warsaw is not a problem at all. They are located in Petržalka, part of Bratislava and if needed they are open 24 hours. I guess their biggest triumph was last year during the President BUSH-PUTIN summit in Bratislava, when they supplied cars to the USA delegation. Quite often, they work for Ministry of External Affairs providing service for official delegations. They are looking forward to provide excellent service to readers of Slovak Heritage Live.

he folklore ensemble BYSTRINA from Banská Bystrica was established in October 1980. It has more than 50 members, mostly students of high schools and universities. What unites the members of the group is the idea of preserving Slovak folklore for next generations.
BYSTRINA is an amateur ensemble, but in spite of that, the performances of dancers, musicians and singers are of a very high standard. They cover all Slovakia, presenting typical folk traditions of different Slovak regions.
You can see this group on stages all over Slovakia with more than 30 performances a year. It has already danced in almost every country in Europe as well as in other parts of the world-Asia and Africa. Manager of the folklore ensemble BYSTRINA, Ján Pivoluska, has also been the main choreographer of the group since its very beginning. They cover all Slovakia presenting typical folklore traditions of different Slovak regions.
In their 25-year existence, they visited: Hungary (1985, 1994, and 1996), Germany (1986, 1992), Poland (1987, 1991), Italy (1987, 1990), France (1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000) Belgium (1993), Turkey (1993), Greece (1994), Holland (1994), Portugal (1995, 2003, 2005), Egypt (1997), Spain (1995, 2003), Lybia (2005)...

On November 4 and 5, 2005 folklore group MOSTÁR was celebrating its 50th anniversary with their fantastic Gala Program. Friday’s program was for public and Saturday program was for member’s families and former members and invited guests. I was filming and taking pictures during both performances. The stage was set very simple. Giant dried flower heart with Mostár’s logo was hanging on black backdrop high above the stage.
The program started with songs from Heľpa, followed robber’s party and former members The Senior Mostár dace “by the music.” Between the dances, we witnessed a birth of a young boy and the folklore guided him through his youth all the way to adulthood, getting married and having his family. What I really liked that Mostár stuck to the folklore of Upper Hron region and that they were not trying to perform folklore from other regions. The only non Upper Hron number in their program was “Gypsies from Örkö.”
Over all I really liked both performances as they were not only great, but they were perfect and I had tears in my eyes during both performances, as I really like the Upper Hron Region folk songs and dances...

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
Author: Oľga Škvareninová
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.
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The individual titles are:
People and their surroundings
Working environment
Leisure and sport
Art and science

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Mária Mázorová, Kliment Ondrejka and colleagues
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.

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