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Fri, Sep 16


Sacramento State University

Let's Talk About Central Europe

Author Helena Kanderka (Slovakland) will discuss the interesting and little known history of Central Europe, including Slovakia and Ukraine.

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Let's Talk About Central Europe
Let's Talk About Central Europe

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sacramento State University, 6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA

About the event

       When it comes to the epic history of Central Europe, the Slovaks were involved in it all, yet little is known of their story. Textbooks skim or omit it. Slovak immigrants never talked about the "old country". Helena Kanderka, author of "Slovakland",  will discuss the captivating history of the Slovaks, who arrived in Europe in the 6th century. 

      After surviving  the Avars, the Slovaks found themselves part of Great Moravia, Magyar-controlled Hungary, and finally the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire. The years connected them to Charlemagne, Crusaders, Turks and Mongols. They survived plagues, famines, bloody battles, fires and cruel lords. They were forced to work, fight, and change their religion. They lived for centuries as virtual slaves in a multi-ethnic nation.They lived  by their wits and determination. Yes, they eventually rebelled.

         Helena will discuss the Slovaks' neighbors, including  Ukraine. She is donating 50% of the profits of the print version of Slovakland to a genealogist who is working with his church to house over 200 refugee families in Kosice, Slovakia.  

        This event is sponsored by the CSUS Renaissance Society. Contact the Society for reservations: 


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