Annual Prize of Milan Hodža Awarded

July 2, 2012

Since 2005, the annual Days of Milan Hodža have celebrated my grandfather Milan Hodža, the first and only Slovak to serve as prime minister of united Czechoslovakia during the years of the First Republic between World Wars I and II . The celebrations are held in several venues in late June, coinciding with the anniversary of his death in the United States in 1944. The public presentation of the Prize of Milan Hodža is a component of the celebrations. Two parallel prizes are now being awarded, one for scholarly work and the other for the work of institutions that serve the public in ways that reflect Hodža’s work and vision. The institutional prize has been awarded twice, in 2011 to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and in 2012 to the Friends of Slovakia in Washington, D.C.