Slovak actress who gained fame abroad is unrecognised at home

Actress Mária Bárkány was born into a Jewish family in Košice. Her father wanted her to be an accountant. Her plans changed in Vienna.

The Jewish actress Mária Bárkány often returned to her hometown of Košice.The Jewish actress Mária Bárkány often returned to her hometown of Košice. (Source: Archive of the Jewish religious community in Prešov)

She was an internationally acclaimed actress, and she also appeared on the front pages of major magazines. She was admired by both women and men.

Born and raised in Košice, actress Mária Bárkány became famous mainly in Germany, but with her characters she travelled the world from St Petersburg to New York. Like her contemporary and French diva, Sarah Bernhardt.

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

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • 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 and

Top stories

Employee in the Hella production hall.

German investor moves R&D to Slovakia, promises extraordinary salaries

The German concern Hella built four industrial parks in Slovakia.

17 h
Matt Apuzzo

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner will speak in Bratislava

Matt Apuzzo was awarded for his reporting on the surveillance of the Muslim community, Russia's impact on the US election and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

19. okt
Illustrative stock photo

State sent millions of euros in pandemic first aid to shell companies

It is possible that suspicious companies have gained up to €24 million from public finances.

21. okt
Opening of the time capsule of Michael's Tower.

Time capsule stored in Bratislava's St Michael statue 176 years ago reveals its secrets

The public can see the items found in the box in the Bratislava City Museum at the Old Town Hall this weekend.

22. okt
Skryť Close ad