Single, poor and free SLOVAKIA — Una, pobre y libre ESLOVAQUIA

El Pais Pre-Velvet Divorce

May 18, 2013

Allan Stevo

Click this link to read a  supplement from the Spanish language El Pais trashing Slovakia before the Velvet Divorce.  It was written about by Julo in the following piece about Slovak support / dislike of Meciar.

An example of such a piece of information is the article by Hermann Tertsch, “Una, pobre y libre ESLOVAQUIA” (Single, poor and free SLOVAKIA) published in a weekly addendum to the Spanish daily El Pais, which appeared just some days before January 1, 1993; this is a masterpiece of anti-Slovak propaganda.  For those who cannot read in Spanish, I just translate a commentary to the picture with a violinist on page 47 of this article: “The Czechs have considered the Slovaks as their silly and pious brothers. Next year they will go different ways.” It is interesting that the photo itself is well-known; it was done by a famous Slovak artistic photographer Karol Kallay (he died some months ago), and the violinist with widely open eyes, who perhaps should represent a typical silly and pious Slovak, is a renowned Slovak painter Milan Laluha (of course these data do not appear in the article!). Well, also some page before, the commentary next to the picture of a striptease-girl ends so: “At cafes, nobody pays attention to the striptease-girl.” Yah, can the Slovaks be more terrible?

Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time travelling Europe and writing.  You can find more of his writing at  If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email.  You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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