SLOVAKIA commemorates the 69th anniversary of the emergence 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 although it was largely suppressed just two months later, small groups of rebels continued to fight the occupying German army until the end of the war. Several events were organised around the country to commemorate the SNP and the victims killed while fighting the Nazis.
On the occasion of the SNP Romanian President Traian Basescu, who was on an official visit to Slovakia on August 28 and 29, awarded two SNP participants, 91-year-old Pavel Dobrík and 83-year-old Ján Gubčo, with an official state honours. His Slovak counterpart Ivan Gašparovič awarded two Romanian soldiers who also fought for Slovakia in the conflict with the Order of the White Double-Cross of II class, the SITA newswire wrote.
Slovak Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška discussed the events of the SNP with his Russian counterpart Sergei J. Naryshkin, who officially made an official visit to Slovakia on August 28 and 29. Paška assured his partner that Slovaks are still thankful to Russia, who helped to liberate the country during the war. Naryshkin thanked Slovakia for the honours the society pays to Soviet soldiers who died during the uprising, the TASR newswire reported.
Both men later attended a ceremony held at the Slavín memorial, TASR wrote.
People commemorated the victims of the SNP by laying wreaths on memorials in many towns and villages, including Košice, Prievidza and Strečno. Several events also took place at the SNP Museum in Banská Bystrica on August 29, TASR wrote, including the launch of the book Povstalecké Nebo (Insurgent Sky) about the history of air combat. At a meadow near Košice, a re-enactment of a Second World War battle took place on August 28, organised by the Čapajev Club of Military History. Several events that day in the eastern-Slovak metropolis commemorated the dramatic fighting that took place in the Dargov Pass, SITA wrote.
A memorial event in Bratislava’s SNP Square, called “Start with Displacement”, named after the motto which in fact inspired the uprising, also took place on August 29. The organisers screened the film Wolves’ Lairs, in addition to other activities. Visitors could see photos of the participants in the SNP, Róbert Mihály, from the Bratislava without Nazis initiative, told SITA.
The initiative, in cooperation with the Public Galleries project, also organised an exhibition and a concert called With Art Against Fascism, taking place on Židovská Street in Bratislava on August 30.
2. Sep 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff