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ANCESTRAL VILLAGE VIDEO OF LIPTOVSKA LUZNA

Hello all,

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 freethinker.
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 word. 

Lucie Paula Vahter

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 7, No. 3, Fall 1999
Copyright Vladimir Linder 1999
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