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Sport, torture and guns; Palach was a fighter

The death of Ján Palach inspired protests that led to the overthrow of the communist regime.Roman Cuprik, 16. Jan 2019, at 18:26

Jan Palach

He fled from Czechoslovakia twice

John Palka wants to share the little-known story of Slovakia with a wider audience.Nina Francelová, 6. Dec 2018, at 9:00

Grave of Milan Hodža at National Cemetery in Martin.

Czechs chose Sagan as celebrity of the century

The Slovak cyclist defeated Czech singer and icon Karel Gott, Marta Kubišová and famous actor Zdeněk Svěrák.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Nov 2018, at 23:19

Peter Sagan rejoices after his victory at TdF, July 8

Do you have your map of Czechoslovakia?

Today's big dams are not on the map.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Nov 2018, at 15:50

Children in Kenya celebrate Czechoslovakia’s centenary

They sang both national anthems and folk songs.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Nov 2018, at 14:02


Czechoslovakia was progressive about women's voting rights

But first Slovak feminist Hana Gregorová described the establishment of Czechoslovakia as an act from which women were expelled.Nina Francelová, 2. Nov 2018, at 8:40

Karol Ľudovít Libay: Dve ženy (Two Women)

West has run Slovakia economically for over 100 years

Slovakia is now catching up with the Czech Republic.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Oct 2018, at 13:32

Slovakia has not caught up with the West yet economically.

Bratislava on the brink of history

Not only personalities, but also their sculptures experienced turbulent times.Jana Liptáková, 29. Oct 2018, at 7:40

Ceremonial unveiling of the sculpture of T. G . Masaryk on October 28, 2010.
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Suddenly, all skirts were short

Fashion trends of the first Czechoslovak Republic involved mainly cities, women in the Slovak countryside remained faithful to folk costumes.Diana Schniererová28. Oct 2018, at 11:04

Bare legs - the new trend of the 20th century

What would Štefánik say?

In just 100 years, Slovaks went from being a largely illiterate people with little political consciousness to a nation ready to take to the streets to defend democracy.Michaela Terenzani, 28. Oct 2018, at 5:20

Milan Rastislav Štefánik, France, 1915.
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A lightbulb shone in the stable while children learned by candlelight

Only 75 Slovak housewives had a modern kitchen with an electric oven, a fridge and a food mixer in 1938.Diana Schniererová27. Oct 2018, at 8:20

Fridge was one of the first home appliances that Slovak households would procure.

Czechoslovakia was saving grace for Slovaks

The one-off holiday is pathetic, it betrays the ever-present Slovak separatism, says political scientist.Michaela Terenzani, 25. Oct 2018, at 17:45

Czech and Slovak presidents laid wreaths July 29 at T.G. Masaryk’s monument in Hodonín.

In marriage, Czechs are no foreigners to Slovaks

25 years after the Czecho-Slovak breakup, people living in Czecho-Slovak marriages do not feel like they are living with a foreigner.Nina Francelová, 17. Oct 2018, at 16:16

Illustrative Stock Photo

Czechoslovakia's centenary comes with unique gold and silver medals

Both collections are designed by Slovak and Czech artists.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2018, at 13:35

Silver medal collection

Why should you plant a linden tree this autumn?

3,000 linden trees, planted on special anniversaries since the foundation of Czechoslovakia, have been discovered in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and abroad.Anna Fay, 5. Oct 2018, at 10:30

Triangle of linden trees planted at the Bratislava Castle in 1968.

Why was the Martin Declaration signed in Martin?

Common centenary is getting closer, these are some places to visit to remember the Czechoslovak brotherhood.Nina Francelová, 2. Oct 2018, at 16:10


MPs approve one-off holiday to celebrate Czechoslovakia’s centenary

Prepare for one more day this year when shops will be closed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Sep 2018, at 13:10

Slovak parliament, illustrative stock photo

Parliamentary committee approved October 30 as one-time state holiday

The centenary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation prompted MPs of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee to make October 30, 2018 a one-time holiday.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Sep 2018, at 13:48

The "Martin Declaration" published in a newspaper

Bratislava almost became Wilson’s Town

Today, there is a street named after the US president, a commemorative plaque, his bust as well as a book and film inspired by those turbulent times.Jana Liptáková, 25. Aug 2018, at 11:27

The scene from the film Wilsonov in which Bratislava, then-Wilsonov, prepares for signing an agreement on joining the city with the USA.
50 years since 1968

Architect who fled in 1968 helped shape the face of Hamburg

Slovakia today grapples with the same problems as Germany and Austria, opines Peter Gero.Nina Francelová, 21. Aug 2018, at 7:00

Peter Gero and wife in Germany.