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Country commemorates Slovak National Uprising

Slovakia commemorated the 63rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) on Wednesday.

Since the end of the Second World War, Slovakia has celebrated the SNP anniversary on August 29 as its national holiday.

With German Nazi troops entering what is today the Slovak Republic, on August 29, 1944, the military headquarters ordered the army to begin armed resistance, because of the increasing anti-fascist pressure on the puppet government that headed the country during the war. That was the start of the uprising.

The SNP was one of the most significant actions of the European anti-fascist
resistance. For two months, about 50,000 German soldiers were busy fighting the uprising and suffered considerable losses, so they could not be used in other Second World War battles.

Even though the wartime Slovakia was allied with Nazi Germany, through the uprising, the Slovak nation joined in the struggle against fascism.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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