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SUMMARY OF THE FALL ISSUE

Volume 10, No. 3, FALL 2002

Slovak Heritage Live

A Newsletter of the
Slovak Heritage and Cultural Society of British Columbia
published four times a year

Summer issue was published in September 2002 and it was mailed to 1200 recipients world wide. 

MAKŠI DUBROVAY
December 12, 1939-September 6, 2002


FROM THE EDITOR 
This issue is dedicated to the memory of my best friend and long supporter of Slovak Heritage and Cultural Society of British Columbia who passed away after long and courageous battle with Myleodisplasia in 100 Mile Regional District Hospital on September 6, 2002

ŠTEFAN (STEVE-MAKŠI) DUBROVAY
December 12, 1939- September 6, 2002

Makši, as most of his friends called him was born on December 12, 1939 in Nové Zámky, Czechoslovakia. Both of his parents were deaf mutes, they were furriers and Makši was the only child. After the W.W.II the family moved to Bratislava where he resided until immigrating to Canada in 1969. After finishing elementary school he went to a trade school and became a bookbinder. Since they lived in a small one-bedroom apartment with no proper sanitary facilities, he joined a swim club and this way he could keep up his personal hygiene on daily basis. He soon excelled and became excellent athlete and swimmer. He held three Czecho-Slovakian Junior swimming records in 1957 and many times he was also Czecho-Slovak National Junior Swimming Champion...
Go to MAKSI'S LINKS

MAUSOLEUM OF CHATAM SOFER IN BRATISLAVA
Day prior to my departure, thanks to my friend Miroslava Dulová, we met the President of the Jewish Community of Bratislava PhDr. Peter Salner in his office at Kozia 18, in Bratislava. I wanted to find out from first hand all I could about the recently reconstructed and newly opened Mausoleum of Chatam Sofer, located under Bratislava’s castle and the entrance to the old tunnel for street cars and the left bank of Danube.
It was designed by architect MARTIN KVASNICA and the construction was realized by local construction company RAFT...
 

EPITAPH ON THE TOMB OF CHATAM SOFER

(stone at the bottom)
To keep eternal remembrance, the righteous man of God shall rest in peace in this house;
He is the crowning glory of Pressburg’s splendor and the pride of her descendants,
The crown of rabbis. Father of scholars, a true genius, bright and alert,
Excellent and efficient in Babylon’s and Jerusalem’s Talmuds, the pride of our kin-peace to him,
Our teacher and master, Moshe Sofer, hallowed be his memory to all eternity.
Joy has forsaken Israel. Her splendor, Moshe, chosen by the Lord God, has entered the grave.
All people seem to be straying through the dark, all souls seem to be thrashed to the ground,
Because the sun has set and the light gone. The youngsters, Yeshurun’s children, cry out:
“Where is our shepherd?” The orphan and widow groan: “Where is our support?”…


Nitra has played an important role in the history of the Slovak nation and it rightly deserves the attribute of the mother of Slovak towns. It belongs among the oldest historical, cultural and economic centres in Slovakia. The first settlements date back to the period 30,000-25,000 years BC. This is evidenced by the archeological findings of the so-called Gravett culture, on the Čermán hill and in the castle cave. Discoveries from the early Stone age (5
th to 4th millenium BC) in the township of Mlynárce include traces of these earliest peasant settlements. Already from the 2nd millenium BC, the region of Nitra was known for breathing cattle and the processing of metals. In the later Iron Age (700-800 BC), a sizeable fortified settlement was built on Zobor. Smaller buildings were erected in the vicinities of Lupka and Dražovce...

IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES OF NITRA
The rich history of Nitra cannot be isolated from the important personalities of the Slovak nation who were born or worked in the town. The first important personality already mentioned in a document from 9th century, was Pribina, the first duke. Names of several dukes such as Rastislav and Svätopluk and the important mission of the Thesalonike brothers Cyril-Constanttine and Methodius are connected with the first state formation of western Slavs-the Great Moravia...

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