24. 05. 2018 15:35
On 4th May, 1919, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, the Slovak scientist, French general and co-founder of Czechoslovakia, died in unexplained circumstances in an air crash in the village of Ivanka pri Dunaj, close to Bratislava. On the very spot of the tragedy, RSI met with the writer Eva Borusovicova, the author of a play on Milan Rastislav Stefanik currently being staged in Nitra, western Slovakia. According to her, this intellectual, globetrotter and idealist did not match the image of a national hero of any political regimes - neither the fascist Slovak state of the 1940s, nor the communist regime from the 1950s to the 80s nor even the infamous 1990s government of Prime Minister Mečiar. Here's the tribute to the scientist, general and diplomat thanks to whose diplomatic efforts the first Czechoslovakia, a state including Slovaks as a free nation for the first time in history, was established.