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.

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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.

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Oral History Project & Publication

March 17, 2011

Since 2009 the  National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has been interviewing men and women who left Czechoslovakia and took refuge in the United States during the long period of Communism, 1948-1989. The two-hour interviews are videotaped and archived both at NCSML and at the Library of Congress. Collectively the interviews of this Oral History Project form a moving portrait of two generations of exiles. You can find brief excerpts of my own interview at on the museum’s web site and on YouTube. Read More »

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Publication & Book Launch Events

December 15, 2010

Moje Slovensko, Moja Rodina (My Slovakia, My Family) was first released in December of 2010 in Slovakia. Three inspiring launch events were held: in Liptovský Mikuláš, the ancestral home of the Pálka family; in the capital city of Bratislava; and in Prague. There was an exceptional amount of interest in the media. Read More »

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