Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The mountains of central and eastern Slovakia were battlegrounds near the end of WWII, but this village survived intact - probably because it’s so high up, accessible only by a very narrow road and few people live here. Now tourists come to visit.
Unfortunately, the villages of both of my grandparents were not as lucky. Both were located in the path of advancing armies.
We visited the site of the Battle of Dukla Pass (Svidnik) where the Red Army fought the Nazis to liberate Slovakia.
“Udolie Smrti” is translated as “The Valley of Death”
Habura, mentioned below, was my Grandfather’s village.
In the course that Joe & I just completed (Slovak Language and Culture), I learned a song “Pravda Vitazi”
In the museum at Svidnik those words were on the flag carried by the combined forces of the Soviet and Czechoslovak troops.
Ironically, I learned the song in the context of the protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
“Pravda Vitazi” means “Truth Will Win”