27. 10. 2017 15:22
One of the most important dates for the Czechs and Slovaks is the 28th of October 1918; the date when the first Czechoslovak republic was founded. The new country succeeded the failing multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire, one of the defeated countries of the First World War. However, before Czechoslovakia became a real thing, there were years of negotiations leading to its establishment. A crucial date within these negotiations is the 22nd of October 1915, the day when the so-called Cleveland Agreement was signed in the Bohemian National Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, by the Slovak League and the Bohemian National Alliance, representing the Slovaks and Czechs living in the US. Our colleague Alena Taranová visited Cleveland and shared her material with us.