PRAGUE, August 29 (Itar-Tass) —— Slovakia will celebrate the main national holiday – the 67th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising on Monday. Slovakia recalls with a deep gratitude that Soviet citizens were fighting together with the Slovaks in guerilla units. Many of them were awarded with the orders and medals of that country.
“Dozens of thousands of Red Army warriors and civilians of numerous nationalities of the Soviet Union perished for the freedom of the Slovak people during the national uprising and liberation of the country. Their feat will live forever in our hearts,” press secretary of the Slovak president Marek Trubac told Itar-Tass.
The Slovak National Uprising was a bright page in the history of the anti-Nazi Resistance. The uprising broke out in central Slovakia on August 29, 1944 and spread on a greater part of the country almost immediately. The Bratislava historians noted that more than 500,000 Slovaks participated in the uprising.
Hitler dispatched the elite Nazi and Waffen SS forces to suppress the uprising, which was spreading rapidly in the deep rear of the territories, which the Nazi troops occupied. The Soviet Union saved the Slovak people from cracking down their national uprising. Thanks to a comprehensive intensive assistance and mostly to a rapid offensive operation of the Soviet Army to save the rebellious Slovak people the country was liberated from the Nazi occupation.
Banska Bystrica will be the venue for the main celebrations on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising. The Slovak Resistance headquartered in this city, which is the metropolis in central Slovakia. The ceremonies to commemorate the war heroes are also scheduled in Bratislava and other Slovak settlements. The top officials of the republic, the leaders of the political parties, the chiefs of local authorities, veterans of the Second World War, representatives of Russia and other CIS states will attend these commemoration events.