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The Final Mission Directed by Dusan Hudec
Documentary Film About Slovak Assistance to US Fliers Shot Down Over Slovakia in WWII

Moderated By: Loretta Ekoniak, President, American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley

Sponsored By: Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities, Inc. American-Slovak Cultural Organization

Program: Loretta Ekoniak, President of the Slovak American Association of the Mahoning Valley, will show The Final Mission, an award winning documentary film by Slovak filmmaker, Dusan Hudec. The film tells the story of how Slovak citizens and resistance fighters provided assistance to US bomber and fighter pilots shot down over Slovak territory in WWII and helped them reach safety in allied controlled areas. For more information about the meeting or Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities and its programs, please call 216-228-8179.

When: 6:30pm, Monday, October 10th, 2016 (meeting begins at 6:30pm with a brief overview of plans for future events and other Slovak cultural news, followed by the program.

Where:Garfield Heights Public Library, 5409 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio, 44125.

Directions:From I 480 Headed East: Take Transportation Boulevard, Exit 21, continue straight on Antonnucci Road, turn left on Turney Road, turn right at traffic light to parking lot behind the library.

From I 480 Headed West: Take Transportation Boulevard Exit 21 , turn right at end of exit onto Transportation Boulevard, turn right on to Granger Road, turn right onto Turney Road, turn left at traffic light to parking lot behind library.

Cost: Free All are welcome!


Bohemian Hall Concert

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2016

Dance from Slovakia at One World Day 2016

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble performed dances from Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine at the 71st One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016.

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble


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Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen at One World Day in Cleveland

Miss Michaela Marenka Steager is the 2016/17 Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen. She lives in Nebraska and came to the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This was Michaela and her parent's first trip to Ohio. Laurel Tombazzi introduced Michaela and spoke about the competition which now includes Carpatho Rusyn and well as Czech and Slovak heritage. Michaela showed her kroj (traditional costume) which includes a favorite tie from her late grandfather. Watch the video by clicking on the white arrow.




2015

Harmonia receives Freedom Award

The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM) celebrated their 51st annual Christmas Luncheon and Freedom Award recognitions on December 19, 2015.

Lia Staaf, Gary Kotlarsic, Jane B. Sheats and the band Harmonia were honored.

The band Harmonia is an ambassador of Eastern European and nationality music.

Harmonia receives Freedom Award with Judge Perk

Walt Mahovlich and Harmonia with Judge Perk


Photos/videos of the ANM Event

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Slovak Folk Dress (Kroje) from various regions of Slovakia

Slovak American George Terbrak has been collecting and preserving Slovak Folk Dress, called Kroje, from various regions of Slovakia. He displayed them at the 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Cleveland Agreement of 1915 which was held in the Bohemian Hall.

Slovak folk dress called Kroje on display at Bohemian  Hall in Cleveland


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Prayer for Cardinal JŠn Chryzostom Korec, Slovak Jesuit

Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, gave the invocation at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. This was at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement. He asked the people to pray for Cardinal JŠn Chryzostom Korec, a Slovakian Jesuit priest who died that morning.



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General Milan Stefanik poem

Denise Ivan-Antus spoke at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. In the first video, she gave some background about a poem about General Milan Stefanik that she would be reciting.



In this video, Denise recited a poem in Slovak about General Milan Stefanik and dedicated the poem to her father. 33 years earlier her father brought her to the same location to recite another poem in Slovak.



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Slovak Struggle toward the Cleveland Agreement

Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, spoke at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. This was at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement.

His presentation was titled "The Slovak Struggle toward the Cleveland Agreement."

In this part of the speech he speaks about the 3 elements to the Slovak Question in the 19th Century: Nationalism, Magyarization and Immigration.



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Cleveland Agreement of 1915

In October 1915, representatives of the Slovak League of America and the Bohemian National Alliance met at the Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland to discuss the need for a united front in the effort to free the Czech and Slovak homelands from Austro-Hungarian rule.

After debate, a mutual agreement by both parties resulted in the first published agreement calling for the independence of the historical Czech & Slovak lands, the creation of a federation with citizen voting rights, and a democratic system of government for those lands.

Signed on October 22, 1915, The Cleveland Agreement was the first step by Czechs and Slovaks throughout America in a continuing process to continue to work together to lobby the American, British and French governments to ensure the freedom of the Czech and Slovak lands from the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by the end of World War I.

This effort culminated in the creation of the independent Republic of Czechoslovakia in October, 1918.


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Pierogis from Slovakia

Ashley Shaw participated in the Coit Road Farmer's Market in East Cleveland Ohio and demonstrated the pierogi recipe her great grandmother from Slovakia passed down. Pierogi recipes vary from Slovakia to Poland to Ukraine and so on.



See more at Cleveland Cooks - Pierogis







2014

Slovak Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Slovak community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Slovak costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashion of Slovakia

Fashion of Slovakia


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


General Milan R. Stefanik back where he belongs

The statue of the Slovak hero was erected in 1922 and resided on an island at MLK Blvd and Jeptha in Cleveland. The statue was moved to its permanent home in the Slovak Cultural Garden.

Slovak Hero General Milan R. Stefanik statue in the Slovak Cultural Garden - Cleveland, Ohio

Slovak Hero General Milan R. Stefanik statue in the Slovak Cultural Garden

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2013

Congratulations to Geroge Terbrack for receiving the ANM Freedom Award

Taras Szmagala, Vice-President of the American Nationality Movement (ANM) introduced George Terbrack at the ANM Christmas event at the German Cultural Center in Olmsted Falls (Cleveland) Ohio. The event also celebrated the 100th birthday of former Cleveland Mayor Ralph J. Perk. Szmagala said that George has a lifetime objective to educate and inspire all generations on the significant contributions of the Slovak nation.




In his acceptance speech, George told of the influence of his immigrant grandparents from East Slovakia and the history of the Slovak people.

George told of the monumental Cleveland agreement that was the start of civil rights for the Czech and Slovak people. He said that Selma Alabama was the birthplace of civil rights for African-American and Cleveland Ohio was the birthplace of civil rights movement for Czech and Slovak people.

George Terbrack received the Freedom Award from the American Nationality Movement.




Where is Slovak hero General Milan R. Stefanik?

For many years the statue of Slovak hero General Milan R. Stefanik, which was erected in 1922, could be found on an island at MLK Blvd and Jeptha in Cleveland near the Cleveland Museum of Art.

But it was moved this past year with its eventual home to be in the Slovak Cultural Garden. In the meantime, it is on Mayfield Road in South Euclid where thousands drive by it every day.

General Milan R. Stefanik statue

General Milan R. Stefanik statue

General Milan R. Stefanik statue at Johns-Carabelli Co.

General Milan R. Stefanik statue at Johns-Carabelli



Slovaks at One World Day

The Cleveland Slovak community was well represented at the annual One World Day Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Besides hosting activities in the Slovak Garden, a group marched in the Parade of Nations.

Geroge Terbrack with Slovak Flag

George Terbrack

Marching with the Slovak Flag

Marching with the Slovak Flag


2012

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble at Cleveland Museum of Art
Sunday October 28, 2012
Folk Dance from Zemplin, the most Eastern part of Slovakia

This performance was dedicated to Baba Helen and all the women who helped their families.




Another dance from Zemplin titled To the Orchard




George Terbrak and Paula Tilsky

George Terbrak and Paula Tilsky at the Atrium opening



Harmonia
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The band Harmonia played at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

The Band Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum opening

Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum Ames Atrium opening


Slovak Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Slovak Cultural Garden

Slovak Cultural Garden at One World Day



General Milan R. Stefanik Statue visit
Bratislava Mayor Ftancik and US Ambassador to Slovakia Sedgwick

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General Milan R. Stefanik Statue

U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick, Milan Ftacnik, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia, Cynthia Maleski, National President, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assn., Andrew Rajec, Jr., Marie Golias, President, Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities, Paula Tilisky, George Terbrack, Andrew Rajec, Sr., President, First Catholic Slovak Union, Mrs. Idka Rajec, Dusan Kaluznik, and Michelle Kaluznik



Slovak Cultural Garden - Tour and Tree Planting
Bratislava Mayor Ftancik and US Ambassador to Slovakia Sedgwick

Milan Ftacnik, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia plants a tree

Bratislva Mayor Milan Ftacnik planting a tree
in the Cleveland Slovak Cultural Garden



Cleveland Council on World Affairs Speeches
Bratislava Mayor Ftancik and US Ambassador to Slovakia Sedgwick

Rich Crepage, Ambassador Sedgwick, Mayor Ftacnik and Dr Wael Khoury

CCWA's Rich Crepage, Ambassador Sedgwick,
Mayor Ftacnik and CCWA's Dr Wael Khoury



2011

2011 Cleveland Slovak Festival
sponsored by the Cleveland Slovak Radio Club
September 4, 2011

Donna Oros, 2nd VP and Henry Horvath, President of the Slovak Radio Club

Donna Oros, 2nd VP and Henry Horvath, President of the Slovak Radio Club (the band Fakt in back)



Music from the 2011 Cleveland Slovak Festival
The Culkar Combo and the Fakt band

The Culkar Combo - Johnny Koenig and Bobby Yankovic

The Culkar Combo - Johnny Koenig and Bobby Yankovic



Slovak-American presence at One World Day 2011

George Terbrack and John Keleciny with Slovak flag

George Terbrack and John Keleciny march in the Parade of Flags



2006

Cleveland Slovak-American Presence at One World Day 2006

Ms. Denise Ivan-Antus and Mr. George Terbrack

Ms. Denise Ivan-Antus and Mr. George Terbrack

Organizations and Resources for Slovaks in Cleveland

Slovak Institute and Reference Library

Lucina Slovak Folk Ensemble of Cleveland Slovak Radio Hour 90.3 FM

Slovak League of America, Cleveland Chapter First Catholic Slovak Union

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association

Slovak Children's School

SVU, Czech & Slovak Arts & Sciences, Cleveland Chapter




Slovak Cultural Garden
See a photo and video tour of the Slovak Garden including a brief history of Slovakia and Slovak people.

Slovak Cultural Garden sign

The Slovak Cultural Garden was founded in 1935



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Cleveland Slovaks - Images of America
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Three Slovak Mothers - Tri Slovenske Mamicky

Videos of Slovak music performed by Tri Slovenske Mamicky


Map of Slovakia



The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I allowed the Slovaks to join the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe.

Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993.

Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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