The Černová Tragedy: 15 people killed for consecration of their church

Slovaks overlook the 1907 massacre, although it is a red-letter day.

The Slovak Post issued the Andrej Hlinka stamps on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Slovak Catholic priest and politician's birth in 2014. Hlinka was a key figure in the October 1907 Černová Tragedy, although he was not presentThe Slovak Post issued the Andrej Hlinka stamps on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Slovak Catholic priest and politician's birth in 2014. Hlinka was a key figure in the October 1907 Černová Tragedy, although he was not present (Source: TASR)

He asked people to donate money in 1905 for a new church in his hometown of Černová, which is nowadays a borough of Ružomberok. He himself donated money. Catholic priest Andrej Hlinka could not consecrate the church once it was completed, though.

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Hlinka strongly criticised politics in Budapest because in the early 20th century, the Hungarian part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, of which Budapest was the capital, was oppressing minorities in an attempt to create one homogeneous Hungarian nation. And oppression hit Slovaks hard, too.

For his disobedience, a Hungarian-speaking bishop based in the Spiš Region, pressured by Budapest authorities, stripped Hlinka of his robe for a long time, preventing him from consecrating the church.

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