It is too bad that you cannot go to the ceremony for John Kulhan, especially
given your interest in the Dukla Pass battle and your personal knowledge of
his family. But you will probably get to hear about it and possibly see
pictures when he returns because his daughter is planning on taking many pictures.
We would enjoy hearing what you learn.
Betty, glad that you enjoyed the article also. We are quickly losing contact
with people with first hand knowledge of that period of time.
Milan, you are blessed with knowing the neighbor in Liptovska Luzna and
getting first hand information about the war. It is interesting that Russian
soldiers fought on the side of the Germans. it is so true that Westerners do not
know about this part of history, and how the anger and hostility carried over
to the following years. i know of this hostility because in 1952, my grand
mother's village (just outside of Kezmarok.. it no longer exists) was taken over
by the Communists to become part of a military compound. they blew up the
houses and the church and bulldozed the cemetery. they resettled the ethnic
Slovaks in a nearby village.
this summer i got to meet some of the people who once lived in this village
of my grandmother. it was quite emotional. they invited me to visit again
with them next summer. i already rented a car. :O)
with the European Union and the availability of working in England and
Ireland, many of the younger students are learning English and this is making
traveling much easier for English speaking people.
my plans are to retire and spend half of each year in this part of Slovakia
and do research on what happened to people after the second world war.
learning the Slovak language fluently is a great priority of mine. then, if it all
works out, i am going to write an historical fiction novel about their
experiences (in English) and maybe even go further back and find out more about what
this part of the world was doing just before the great wave of immigration in
the end of the 19th century.
i would like to point out a site called Mountain Voices. link is
www.mountainvoices.org i have delved into this site for quite a while now
in the country of Poland. people tell in their own words their stories after
the war. i am not positive if Slovaks had the same experiences, but it would
seem that they did. you have to register for this site and get a password to
access some of the stories.
Lastly, I would like to say that I must follow up on the copyright
conversation. I called the newspaper and they said that any person could copy and paste
their articles and send them to individuals on the Internet with no problem.
However, if sending them to a public list, one should get permission, first.
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