ANCESTRAL VILLAGE VIDEO OF LIPTOVSKA LUZNA
I am just sorry that I am not as
poetic as Cathy Ambrisko Mullenix was in describing the video that Vlad Linder made for me of
LIPTOVSKA LUZNA on his latest trip.
Liptovska Luzna is
described as being the longest village in Slovakia. It is on the border of the
low Tatras. The village consists of a long uphill, or downhill road depending
on your point of view, bordered on both sides by houses. The higher the
elevation of the road, the better the houses seemed to be.
Vlad began the journey toward the
village from a cross road, turning left as the sign to the village indicated.
His commentary was interesting and instructive. Even he couldn't get over the
length of the village, especially when he was behind a bus which seemed to
ramble on and on until it made a turn off to its last stop. It was the first
day of spring, and snow was melting although there seemed to be plenty of snow
on the hillsides. I agree with Cathy, I also felt that I was in the car and
looking out. I could almost smell the snow melting on the unpaved road.
Again, he stopped to show the coat of
arms of the village on the roadside and also at the church. The interior of
the church was very beautiful.
Vlad answered my unasked questions,
such as, how did my father, at the tender age of 21, end up in Frances just
before WWII, of all the places from such an isolated village. Evidently there
were coal and gold mines in Liptovska Luzna and the miners were quite
sought after, they traveled to Hungary, Germany and France to work. I guess
they thought it better than being farmers or lumbermen.
Vlad also talked about a creek just
somewhere around the bend in the hills. My mother visited Slovakia at the end
of WWII (she's French) for a month, and I remember her telling me about it
several years ago. She said that every evening she and several young girls
would go down to the creek where the Gypsies had their caravans and listen
surreptitiously to their singing and playing. She said that her in laws were
very upset when they found her out. To begin with they thought her an ungodly French
Now for an unsolicited testimony for Vlad. There is nothing like actually seeing a place to get the feel of
ancestry, especially when it is a village which isn't generally featured in
travelogues or has a web page. It is worth every penny, and frankly, I don't
see how he can do it for what he charges. I am seriously considering getting
another tape made during the summer - it would be a different perspective.
Thank you Vlad. You are a man of your
Lucie Paula Vahter
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Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 7, No. 3, Fall 1999
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