Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Revúca’s military hero

THE TOWN of Revúca lies between central and eastern Slovakia and has its fame primarily because it was the site of the first Slovak secondary school and was the birthplace of several famous Slovak personalities.

THE TOWN of Revúca lies between central and eastern Slovakia and has its fame primarily because it was the site of the first Slovak secondary school and was the birthplace of several famous Slovak personalities.

One of the most important native sons of Revúca is Rudolf Viest, who was a soldier his whole life, taking part in both world wars. In World War I, he was a soldier first in the Austro-Hungarian army and later in the Serbian army. He then joined the Czechoslovak legion and marched across all of Russia, becoming a professional soldier and one of the legion’s top officials while still in his thirties.

As Viest did not support the 1939 separation of Czechoslovakia and did not have a positive view of the newly-founded Slovak state, he departed for France. There, and later in the United Kingdom, he actively participated in forming Czechoslovak military units in exile. After the beginning of the Slovak National Uprising, he returned to Slovakia in late summer 1944 and became the commander of the First Czechoslovak Army. But Viest fell into the hands of the German military and after interrogation in Bratislava he was transported to Germany and later executed.

General Viest is a very interesting and positive hero in Slovak history who still does not receive the full attention he deserves based on his courage and bravery. This is surprising because Slovakia does not have many 20th-century heroes or famous personalities and often looks for its glory in ancient history.

This postcard shows Revúca sometime at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s, when it was common to see both automobiles and wagons on the streets.

Top stories

PM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for president

At the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.

L-R: PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor adn Smer vice-chair Juraj Blanár, Culture Minister and resigned vice-chair Marke Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at Decemebr 9 congress.

The increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forests

Foresters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

Wood grouse

Automation is finding its way

Autonomous vehicles and process connections through Logistics 4.0 are the biggest trends in Slovakia.

Online retailer Amazon opened its new returns centre in Sereď in mid-November.