SLOVAKIA has been commemorating the 68th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), an armed insurrection organised by the Slovak resistance movement during the Second World War. The uprising started in Banská Bystrica on August 29, 1944, and even though it was mostly suppressed just two months later, small groups of rebels continued the fight against the occupying German army until the end of the war.
While the official ceremony took place in Banská Bystrica on August 29, there were several other events to commemorate the event.
Part of the celebrations held in Bratislava involved the renaming of the Nový Most (New Bridge) to the Most SNP (SNP Bridge), the name it had between 1972 and 1993, according to an official press release by the Bratislava Staré Mesto (Old Town) district.
“The decision to change the name [in 1993] was obviously influenced by the long, misleading propaganda of former regime,” said the mayor of Old Town, Tatiana Rosová, as quoted by the press release. “The change in the name to SNP Bridge will support the real values of the uprising which were not ideological or partisan, but which were mainly human.”
3. Sep 2012 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff