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  • LongJohn Wayne
    Keep asking questions. There are a lot of people on these lists who do not answer or comment, but just read & learn. When you ask, we learn. So thanks for
    Message 1 of 60 , Jul 6, 2007
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      Keep asking questions.

      There are a lot of people on these lists who do not
      answer or comment, but just read & learn.

      When you ask, we learn.

      So thanks for doing it.

      --- "J. Edward Polko" <jedwardpolko@...> wrote:

      > WAY TO GO KIDDO!!!!
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com]On
      > Behalf Of maxine
      > Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:45 PM
      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Slovakia WWII
      > Ron, Noreen and Martin- You all gave some very
      > interesting comments to my
      > 2 questions about the history of Slovakia. I
      > strongly feel I must answer
      > your statements in order to HELP the other people in
      > our group obtain
      > information, ask questions, promote different
      > topics, interest etc. OF
      > Ok, so all of you "shot me down" because I asked a
      > question that was
      > discussed before. WHEN BEFORE? I have been on this
      > site perhaps 2 years if
      > that, so how would I know if you discussed it?
      > Now I am told that I should do the following
      > this site:
      > Read a history book.
      > Purchase history books.
      > Show some interest.
      > I am being told to "read history books before I
      > ask a question". I guess
      > in a perfect world I would, however, I do not have
      > the time. In the last 2
      > years I have purchased at least 15-17 books on
      > Eastern Europe. I am trying
      > to get through those first! Now what I do is that
      > after I get an answer to a
      > question, I then note to myself IF I want to
      > continue to get more info on a
      > certain subject , now, later, or never! I have been
      > doing genealogy and it
      > was this that has brought me to this point. However,
      > I have found the
      > HISTORY of Eastern Europe so deep and interesting, I
      > have waned off my
      > subject of family. However, I decided to add the
      > History of the land to the
      > Book I am preparing for future generations of my
      > family which I think would
      > make the Family Tree more interesting. Families
      > should know about their
      > history NOT just dates with names. I am also adding
      > photo's. Now this is a
      > large project! NO INTEREST YOU SAY? I never knew
      > anything about my family
      > until 3 years ago when I found out that I am a
      > Rusyn.
      > And now for my "show an interest". Lets see--In
      > the past 3 years I have:
      > Purchased about 17 history books on Eastern
      > Europe-very expensive.
      > I went to Slovakia for 10 days to learn more.
      > I belong to about 12 sites concerning Europe.
      > I belong to 4 organizations in order to learn
      > more.
      > I yearly order every newsletter out there AND have
      > paid for all back
      > issues.
      > And, I also have a "Rusyn Room" in my home that is
      > filled with European
      > items, pictures blown up to 16"x20", pillows, wood
      > carvings, etc.
      > I also travel to many states that are strong in
      > our culture in order to
      > participate.
      > Now-do you think I have an interest? If you kill
      > people's interest,
      > questions and knowledge of different topics-you will
      > have NOTHING!
      > Thanks for listening. Maxine Sasala
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: amiak27
      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 4:45 AM
      > Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Slovakia WWII
      > Maxine,
      > Thanks for reminding us there ARE 'beginners' on
      > this forum. We all
      > started out depending upon others to learn, and we
      > are still at it. I
      > suspect you will find people here are happy to
      > share. I wish more of
      > the casual readers were not so shy - we should be
      > hearing questions
      > and answers from many more people here. I am sure
      > the group is happy
      > to have people starting out ask questions.
      > Now speaking for myself, I like to see some sign
      > that the person is
      > putting some effort into finding an answer on
      > their own as well. In
      > the case of your question about Tiso, I was
      > fishing for a comment like
      > "I'll have to see what Slovakia history book the
      > local library has".
      > That shows true interest on your part.
      > I am amazed at how much time it can take to
      > compose some answers where
      > you want to be sure of the sources and get it as
      > right as you can get
      > it. A lot of this does not come right off the
      > head, but has to be
      > checked to be sure the memory has it right before
      > it is passed on.
      > That is where I am amazed at some of the high
      > quality answers that are
      > generated on this list. We are fortunate to have
      > the talent
      > participating that we do. On my own part, I have
      > about 35 years of
      > reading on the topic, as so little information
      > seemed to be around
      > when I was a kid.
      > Now if we could only get more people asking
      > questions ...
      > Ron
      > --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "maxine"
      > <maxine96@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Ron, thanks for the info. I have NOT been on
      > this site all that
      > long and I did not see anything about Tiso, etc. I
      > am like a sponge
      > and like to draw up any info I can find. Also, you
      > have to remember
      > that yes I did hear "something" years ago,
      > however, like others did
      > not pay too much attention to it. In the last 2
      > years or so I have
      > become really involved and I am attempting to
      > learn at much as I can.
      > So I am sorry for the duplication of questions and
      > thanks for all info
      > submitted. I really appreciate it. Maxine
      > >
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: amiak27
      > > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2007 4:31 AM
      > > Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Slovakia WWII
      > >
      > >
      > > Maxine, what do your books on the general
      > history of Slovakia have to
      > > say on the topic? Surely there are a few
      > paragraphs or pages on this
      > > era. Two of the more recent & modern histories
      > on Slovakia are by
      > > Kirchbaum and another by Spiesz and Caplovic. I
      > believe both books
      > > have been discussed earlier on this forum.
      > >
      > > For an older and more sympathetic treatment of
      > Tiso, see if you can
      > > come up with "Dr. Jozef Tiso and Modern Slovakia
      > by Anthony X.
      > > Sutherland, back from about 1978. That falls in
      > with what I rank as
      > > 'old histories', written by the displaced
      > persons generation of
      > > Slovaks and others who fled the communists. They
      > were generally right
      > > wing, nationalistic, or maybe even faschistic. I
      > don't care to delve
      > > into it deep enough to judge them. Oh yes, I
      > also forgot the
      > > monarchists of that generation!
      > >
      > > Ron
      > >
      > > --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "maxine"
      > <maxine96@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Sven, I know nothing about Sinti, but I do
      > know
      === message truncated ===

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    • Martin Votruba
      ... I d also consider it likely, Colin, that there was hindsight in it up to a point, but Kirschbaum, a graduate in Polish and Slavic studies, actually was
      Message 60 of 60 , Jul 18, 2007
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        > I'm a little suspicious of it because Kirschbaum seems to
        > say that he would have done things differently and that he
        > could see that Tiso's policies were doomed, etc.

        I'd also consider it likely, Colin, that there was hindsight in it up
        to a point, but Kirschbaum, a graduate in Polish and Slavic studies,
        actually was removed from the post of the Secretary General of Tiso's
        party in 1940 after Berlin became suspicious of his stance and applied
        pressure on Bratislava. Although being an envoy to neutral
        Switzerland afterwards was a cushy job that also gave Kirschbaum a
        chance to ponder things from a different perspective, as well as
        remain in the West after the government he represented was defeated by
        the Allies, it was a demotion for him for his "political
        unreliability" at least in the Nazis' eyes.

        > the fellow who was telling the story and had been in the CS
        > government with Dubcek refused to sign the agreement ending
        > the conflict with the USSR while Dubcek did sign. I doubt
        > if it was as dramatic and clear-cut as it was portrayed.

        I haven't seen it, but Frantisek Kriegel, a medical doctor and top
        Communist official, was the only one of the Czechoslovak leadership
        detained and hauled off to Moscow in August 1968 who didn't sign the
        treaty there that was to legitimize post-facto the Warsaw Pact
        invasion. As a result, the Kremlin wasn't going to return him to
        Prague with the rest of the captives-now-leaders-again but they said
        they wouldn't go back and "behave" without him coming too. The
        Soviets found no other option and gave in. Kriegel was retired soon
        afterwards. It was highly dramatic and Kriegel's decision was quite
        courageous because the captives didn't know what would become of them.
        The Prime Minister of Hungary captured and hauled off during the
        Soviet military intervention in 1956 was later shot.


        votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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