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Košariská (the birth home of M. R. Štefánik)

THIS postcard from 1929 is based on an etching by Jaroslav Hlaváč. It shows the first home of Milan Rastislav Štefánik - the most important person in modern Slovak history - who was born there on July 21, 1880 to the family of a vicar.

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THIS postcard from 1929 is based on an etching by Jaroslav Hlaváč. It shows the first home of Milan Rastislav Štefánik - the most important person in modern Slovak history - who was born there on July 21, 1880 to the family of a vicar.

Štefánik's life and accomplishments became a delicate topic after 1948, when the communists took power and discouraged discussions about any of the renowned personalities of the Czechoslovak Republic that had existed between the two world wars.

But in 1968, liberalisation began to spread across Czechoslovakia, and Štefánik became a point of interest again. One year later, construction began on his birth home to turn it into a museum. But then the Soviets invaded and put in force a system that made any commemoration of Štefánik impossible.

Therefore, his birth home has only served as a museum since 1990.


By Branislav Chovan

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