History class: The SNP explained in under 30 minutes

J. Thomson breaks down the Slovak National Uprising for foreigners.

The German army parade in Banská Bystrica after the SNP Uprising failed in October 1944. The German army parade in Banská Bystrica after the SNP Uprising failed in October 1944. (Source: TASR)

After several months of preparation the Slovak National Uprising began in late summer 1944, on the eve of the German invasion of Slovakia.

At 20:00 on 29 August 1944, in response to the rapid occupation of the wartime Slovak state by Nazi forces, Army Colonel Ján Golian sent out a message that launched the uprising. It was to last 60 days.

There were several reasons, military and political, that triggered the SNP. But did the battle against Slovakia’s fascist government and Nazi Germany succeed? And why did central Slovakia become the centre of the SNP?

For the answers, listen to this week’s episode of the Spectacular Slovakia podcast, featuring James Thomson.

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The uprising officially ended on 28 October 1944, but partisan operations continued into the spring of 1945.

Listeners will learn about the best places to visit if they want to discover more about the uprising.

And the most adventurous tourists can even set out on the SNP Trail of Heroes, stretching from northeastern Slovakia all the way to Devín Castle in Bratislava.

More articles on the SNP can be found on The Slovak Spectator website, as well as in ‘Slovakia in History’, an English-language history book published by Cambridge University Press.

Information about how young Slovaks today see the SNP is available here.

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