Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

"Stairway to Heaven" played at Langoš's last journey

HUNDREDS of mourners came to Bratislava's Primatial Palace yesterday to bid farewell to politician and former dissident Ján Langoš, who died in a car accident last week shortly before he would have turned 50.

Langoš, the former Czechoslovak interior minister after the fall of communism, and later a Slovak MP, helped to build Slovakia's National Memory Institute, which he lead from 2003. He was known for his dedication in uncovering fascist and communist crimes in the country's past.

Along with hundreds of Langoš' friends, top state officials and international guests, former Czechoslovak President Václav Havel mourned Langoš' passing.

"A soothing energy shined from him. He took away people's fears of the world," Havel said of Langoš, describing his death as a major loss for Slovakia, the Hospodárske noviny wrote.

Former Czech Interior Minister Jan Ruml said that Langoš showed that "if people can decide
between good and evil they can change the world".

The ceremony ended with the playing of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" to bid farewell to Slovakia's "angel", as musician Marian Varga, one of Langoš's many friends, described him.

Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár