Slovak statesman to get a bust in the USA

The M. R. Štefánik exhibition will be larger in the US museum as well.

Milan Rastislav ŠtefánikMilan Rastislav Štefánik (Source: TASR archive)

The Slovak Embassy in the USA has decided to unveil a bust of Slovak statesman Milan Rastislav Štefánik.

“We want to draw attention to this great Slovak, politician and diplomat, who played an important role in our history,” said Ivan Korčok, Slovak Ambassador to the USA, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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Štefánik, a Slovak pilot and military man who grew into a prominent diplomat in the teens of the 20th century, when Czechoslovakia was established, worked mostly in European countries such as France, Italy, and Russia. Yet, he took part in important talks in the USA.

Talking with Americans

“The trip to Washington and New York in 1917 was of exceptional importance, because he mananaged to obtain an agreement from the American government for Czechs and Slovaks to join the Czechoslovak Army, which Štefánik was establishing,” Korčok said, as quoted by TASR.

Štefánik also held talks with Czechs and Slovaks to find support for his goals, which later turned out to be a decisive moment, the Slovak ambassador added.

The significance of and contributions by Štefánik will be highlighted on November 21, 2019, when the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, creates a permanent and bigger exhibition about him public.

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Although Slovakia is a young state, established in 1993, its political history goes back much further, also thanks to personalities like Štefánik, Korčok told TASR.

The second bust in D.C.

Korčok got the idea for a bust during his visit to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. The bust will be created by Slovak sculptor Klára Sever, who has lived in the USA for decades.

The embassy wants to place another Štefánik bust in Washington, D.C., where the statue of Czechoslovak President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk stands.

“We would like to prepare it for the next year, when we mark the 140th anniversary of Štefánik's birth,” Korčok told TASR.

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