ĽSNS’ Marián Mišún to lecture and exhibit on history

The local authorities in Púchov and Trnava are allegedly considering whether to allow Marián Mišún, an extremist of Kotleba-Peoples’ Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS), to hold a public exhibition and lecture at local council premises.

Marián Mišún (l)Marián Mišún (l) (Source: TASR)

Mišún is also an assistant to ĽSNS MP Martin Beluský. Mišún’s exhibition is supposed to be a response to a recommendation from the Education Ministry that secondary schools should take their students on trips to former concentration camps and other sites that commemorate the Holocaust. Mišún has referred to this advice as an attempt at brainwashing, the Pravda daily wrote on August 10.

The planned exhibitions are said to concern the alleged “genocide” of the Slovak people and “victims of treachery” since the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

Officials in both Púchov (Trenčín region) and Trnava were rather cagey when contacted by the daily. Púchov town hall secretary Eva Kvocerová said that no decision has been made yet, while Trnava city council spokesman Pavol Tomašovič claimed to have no information concerning the matter, as of August 9.

Experts, activists slam the idea

Historian Ivan Kamenec from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) has poured scorn on the topic of the planned exhibition and especially on the use of the term genocide. “This is absolute nonsense, he said, as quoted by Pravda. “The content of such an exhibition can only be invented. This involves total ignorance of the term genocide and ignoring of facts, not only historical but also conceptual,” he summed up.

Chair of the non-governmental organisation People Against Racism Irena Bihariová complained that Mišún is attempting to trivialise real genocide and the Holocaust by associating such terms with the negative social aspects of the changes seen since 1989.

Mišún was prosecuted after he burned the European Union flag in Bratislava in 2012. The announced exhibitions shall be co-organised by him and by Rudolf Vaský, controversial blogger and ĽSNS supporter, and also civic activist Martin Daňo. 

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