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Slovak Consul: Meeting of Honorary Slovak Consuls in Chicago held during the NATO summit

The annual meeting of all Honorary Slovak Consuls was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 20 to 22, 2012. The occasion for this meeting , not only for the annual get together for Slovak Consuls but also because the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Ivan Gasparovič was in Chicago attending the NATO Summit. The NATO Summit was attended by many world leaders including President Obama. In addition, a new Honorary Consulate was opened in...

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Publications: Waiting for Godot

Publications: Waiting for Godot

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser (Part One of Dr. Mestenhauser’s article appeared in the June/July Slovo.) Proclaimed on Apr. 5, 1945, the Kosice Program—although written by the communists–defined the postwar state of a democratic Czechoslovakia. Two ministers were to be non-partisan: Ludvik Svoboda, Minister of National Defense, and Jan Masaryk, Minister of Foreign Affairs. As future events proved, these ministers were anything but...

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Slovak Consul: Lidice – 70 Years Later

On June 15 2012, the City of Phillips, Wisconsin held its annual commemoration of the destruction of the Village of Lidice, Czech Republic. As most of us know the village was destroyed by the Nazis during the second World War and many of its inhabitants were killed. This year marked a very special commemoration as it was the 70th anniversary of this unfortunate tragedy. A special guest at this year’s event was the Czech Ambassador to...

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Publications: February 25, 1948 The day of shame

Publications: February 25, 1948 The day of shame

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser Contemporary political, economic and social scene in the Czech and Slovak Republics have been largely defined by the dissidents and their generation of the Dubcek’s Prague Spring 1968 era. This seemed to hide the fact that there was an important antecedent, the communist coup d’état on February 25, 1948. I was an active participant in those events and wanted to include this topic in one of my articles. The...

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Publications: How did the communist coup happen?

Publications: How did the communist coup happen?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser The communists did not just gain power overnight. Understanding the context of how this event happened is very important, because it is now so long since it occurred that people might simply forget or ignore this occurrence as no longer relevant, or because the events of the Prague Spring of 1968 have overshadowed the country’s own history. Yet there are lessons to learn for the present time. My understanding...

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