Born in a settlement, awarded like Einstein

Doctor Ján Cibuľa received a high state award.

Ján CibuľaJán Cibuľa (Source: Archive of Ján Cibuľa Jr)

He was the first Roma to graduate from medical school in former Czechoslovakia, and a Nobel Peace Prize candidate as one of the 20th century's most important Roma personalities.

Related articlePresident awarded 20 personalities Read more 

Ján Cibuľa was born in the Klenovec Roma settlement and made it to a globally recognised Roma activist and diplomat. President Zuzana Čaputová recently awarded him the Ľudovít Štúr Order 1st class in memoriam as one of the 20 people who received the award in 2020.

"He was an exceptional person. He lived for the Roma, even at the expense of his own family," his sister Želmíra Kňažeková told Sme.

After the 1989 Velvet Revolution she used to visit him in Bern, Switzerland, where he settled and opened a medical office.

His award was accepted by his son David, who came to Bratislava from Switzerland.

Four children from the settlement finished university

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Roma community

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Health Ministry gearing up for COVID vaccines

Mass campaign planned to get people to take jab.

Illustrative stock photo

He was almost murdered. Instead, he is to become general prosecutor

It was not clear whether the election would take place on December 3 until the very last moment.

Maroš Žilinka

Žilinka elected the next general prosecutor

He received 132 votes out of the 147 present MPs.

Maroš Žilinka

Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.