Celebrating Michal Miloslav Hodža’s 200th Birth Anniversary

October 3, 2011

In October of 2011 Slovakia celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Michal Miloslav Hodža. In the mid-19th century, M. M. Hodža played a key role in systematizing and gaining wide acceptance for the Slovak literary language, as well as participating in the leadership of the Revolution of 1848 as it played out among Slovaks and resisting the pressures of Magyarization on every front. A fiery Lutheran pastor, poet and Slovak patriot, he was my great-grandfather’s elder brother.