Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Pálffy in Častá

COMMUNIST propaganda successfully blackened the image of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. For more than 40 years, the blue bloods were depicted as heartless exploiters – a perception which, unfortunately, survives to this day.

COMMUNIST propaganda successfully blackened the image of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. For more than 40 years, the blue bloods were depicted as heartless exploiters – a perception which, unfortunately, survives to this day.

In truth, this region’s rulers were often admirably altruistic to their subjects of simplest means.
One example involves Count János Pálffy, who set up a foundation in the small town of Častá, located under the Small Carpathians, to support poor middle-class boys and finance their studies at secondary schools and universities. The foundation even paid for its most diligent pupils to study at prestigious foreign universities. An overwhelming majority of the pupils could never have afforded a higher education without Pálffy’s support.

The foundation also assisted local rectories and churches. For the peasants under Pálffy’s rule, this assistance was welcome, since they were often unable to pay the priest and keep the church in good repair.

The foundation’s premises, which now houses Častá’s municipal office, can be seen in this postcard from the 1920s. The rather short man with an unbuttoned coat in the foreground is probably János Pálffy himself.

Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4