Slovak National Uprising

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AKA NameSlovenské Národné Povstanie
Related Hashtags#Slovakia
2023 DateAugust 29, 2023
2024 DateAugust 29, 2024
Slovak National Uprising Anniversary

Slovak National Uprising History

Slovak National Uprising commemorates the Slovak resistance to Nazi Germany. During World War II, as the Soviet Army began to overpower the German forces, a resistance group in Slovakia came together in an effort to overthrow the government. When the Germans caught wind of the uprising, they deployed their troops to Slovakia. On 29 August, the resistance movement rose up against the German Nazi regime and fought for many months to be rid of German rule.

Slovak National Uprising is celebrated annually on 29 August in memory of those who fought for Slovakia's liberation. It also serves as a remembrance day for all of the Slovak Jews who were murdered under Nazi control. It is Slovakia's National Day.

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Slovak National Uprising Facts & Quotes

  • At the time of WW2, Josef Tiso was the president of Slovakia. He supported Nazi Germany and allowed masses of Jews to be deported from Germany.
  • Finally, in 1947, the US government arrested former Slovak President, Josef Tito, and put him on trial in Czechoslovakia. Later that year he was executed for his crimes.
  • It is estimated that around 80% of Slovakian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.
  • The resistance movement in Slovakia lasted until liberation in April 1945. The Soviet Army arrived to assist the Slovaks in their quest for liberation from Nazi rule.
  • Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hols us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, anti-Nazi German pastor

Slovak National Uprising Top Events and Things to Do

  • Lay a wreath on the National Uprising monument in Bratislava. Others also head to the gravesites of war veterans and place wreaths, candles and flowers on them.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media with hashtags such as #remember, #SlovakUprising #NotoNazi.
  • Visit the Memorial, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banska Bystrica.
  • Read a book that details more of the events and stories of those who lived the WW2 years. Some of our suggestions: Slovakia 1944: The Forgotten, Memories of the Slovak Uprising, Germany's First Ally and The Czechoslovak Struggle for Independence.
  • Watch a movie that depicts the horrors of the Holocaust regime to further understand the beginnings of the Slovak Uprising. Some of our favourites: Schindler's List (1993), Life is Beautiful (1997), Auschwitz (2011) and Jakob the Liar (1999).

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