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Updated on August 4, 2017

Socialism in Slovakia

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, was the capital of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire for 300 years. The last 40 years of building socialism had devastating effect on my hometown.
Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, was the capital of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire for 300 years. The last 40 years of building socialism had devastating effect on my hometown.
The construction of identical grey flats for all Bratislava inhabitants was the main 'success' of socialism. Me, my parents, my grandparents we all lived there and my children have been born there.
The construction of identical grey flats for all Bratislava inhabitants was the main 'success' of socialism. Me, my parents, my grandparents we all lived there and my children have been born there.
The border of Slovakia and Austria. A lot of  my countrymen tried to cross this river during the communist years to get out. Many have been killed by our border police. The castle is from the 13th century - the golden age of the Great Moravian Empire
The border of Slovakia and Austria. A lot of my countrymen tried to cross this river during the communist years to get out. Many have been killed by our border police. The castle is from the 13th century - the golden age of the Great Moravian Empire
The 18th century reforms of Maria Theresia raised levels of education and craftsmenship among Slovak people. Her main castle in Vienna, now a museum, is just 30 minutes from Bratislava but forbidden to us.
The 18th century reforms of Maria Theresia raised levels of education and craftsmenship among Slovak people. Her main castle in Vienna, now a museum, is just 30 minutes from Bratislava but forbidden to us.
Churches, monasteries and many historical buildings assumed to be clashing with the communist ideas were locked and left to rot.
Churches, monasteries and many historical buildings assumed to be clashing with the communist ideas were locked and left to rot.
The land owners lived in a hundreds of castles around Slovakia. Many of them have been arrested and migrated abroad during the communist rule. Today the majority of casles is in ruin, some have been sold to foreigners.
The land owners lived in a hundreds of castles around Slovakia. Many of them have been arrested and migrated abroad during the communist rule. Today the majority of casles is in ruin, some have been sold to foreigners.
A Slovak hunter in his past glory. Our rich history and our historical customs and skills have been prohibited during the communist rule.
A Slovak hunter in his past glory. Our rich history and our historical customs and skills have been prohibited during the communist rule.
Traditional Slovakian farmers who owned their own land, how they looked like before the collectivization and socialization of the communist years began.
Traditional Slovakian farmers who owned their own land, how they looked like before the collectivization and socialization of the communist years began.
The farmer's horses are ready for a joyful ride. After World War two they have been confiscated and the building of socialism began.
The farmer's horses are ready for a joyful ride. After World War two they have been confiscated and the building of socialism began.
Slovak farmers during the communist era working for the socialist farming cooperative.
Slovak farmers during the communist era working for the socialist farming cooperative.
A Slovak farmer loosing all his livehood confiscated by the socialist farming cooperative during the communist era. What else is there to do?
A Slovak farmer loosing all his livehood confiscated by the socialist farming cooperative during the communist era. What else is there to do?
Just work, and work and work more for the communists. And just have a quick nap between.
Just work, and work and work more for the communists. And just have a quick nap between.
More a Slovak farmer worked for the common good, less and less he had for himself and his family during the communist era.
More a Slovak farmer worked for the common good, less and less he had for himself and his family during the communist era.
When he despaired how to feed his kids, a uplifting communist song about proletariat, work and bread from a local wireless reminded him not to be selfish and work more for the common good.
When he despaired how to feed his kids, a uplifting communist song about proletariat, work and bread from a local wireless reminded him not to be selfish and work more for the common good.
So he worked more on the vast cooperative fields...
So he worked more on the vast cooperative fields...
After the fall of communism the owner's right to his land and property including the past injusties have been recognized however a financial- economic crisis, a general decline, out of date equipment and widespread loss stayed there too.
After the fall of communism the owner's right to his land and property including the past injusties have been recognized however a financial- economic crisis, a general decline, out of date equipment and widespread loss stayed there too.

Who are we and where we do come from?

…we came to a moment and a moment of flight, a million accidents rush to meet us,
and we entwine the columns of our hearts like ivy,
we came to live on the land and under heaven…

/Old Slovakian poem/

How we live on this land and on the planet Earth, how we leave this place is only up to us.



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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Yes, dear Connor people are starting to realize that there must be another way, better way to live our lives, there is a 'well of wisdom' from the past and there is our own inventiveness and hope for better future:)

      Thank you for stopping by on my hubs and happy your visit was worthwhile:)

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      John Connor 5 years ago from Altamonte Springs

      Beata,

      Thank you for sharing; it is a difficult topic to breach, yet it must be done and broadcasted... You have done that. I have never lived under communism or socialism (I do thank God for this privledge); yet I have lived under capitalism. To me it appears that they are all significantly flawed primarily because they "take us away" from a "life" that is in tune with our Creator. The proponents of communism, capitalism and socialism are the last to recognize this association or the need for this relation; yet when I travel away to places without the influences of "Man" I am always reminded about how we should be in-tune with our Creator and I am struck with the revelation, that we must turn back and retreat to a time where we lived in a more agrarian society. Perhaps, I can only speculate similar to Slovakia or Slovenia before WW II...

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you 'StonePost' for your inspiring comment, as you said, change is constant and sharing is necessary in order to understand change:)

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      StonePost 5 years ago

      Change is consistent once it is allowed to flow through the world. Change is the only thing we can count on in life besides death! A real eye opener kind of hub. Thank you!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Something different...hope it was worthwhile to stop by:)

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      infoforum 5 years ago from Universe

      Seems interesting:)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      I loved the photos. A really beautiful open place to farm and live. The castle in Vienna, is awe inspiring. Do you know how many rooms there are? I voted up. A really nice hub. take care. blessings~

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      greatparenting 5 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      Great hub. I've visited the area and your photos and commentary were a wonderful reminder of an incredible place. Thanks.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Happy you liked it Lynn...have a great day:)

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Very poignant hub and pictures.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Happy you like it, my fellow hubber and hopefully you stop by...again...next time. Unfortunately, the pictures reflect reality of my country and although there have been many changes....destruction of the past is still visible...everywhere you look, but a slow change is better than none:)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Beata what a great hub. The pictures are amazing and almost from a time gone by. I enjoyed seeing a slice of that way of life. thank you.

      Voted up & BUI

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       7 years ago

      Thank you robie2 for visiting me. All the best to you. Beata

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you robie2 for visiting me. All the best to you. Beata

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      Roberta Kyle 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      what a wonderful tribute to the land of your birth. The pictures are amazing and the text not only beautiful but instructive as well--How wonderful to have these beautiful places and wonderful people as your foundation and how difficult to know that you have moved so far beyond them to become a real citizen of the world. Thanks for sharing, Beata.

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you dear Feline for visiting....all the best from BEata

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Thank you for this insight into a country and way of life that I hardly knew anything about!

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Well said Thomas, thank you...no one could say it better...wishing you all the best in your own homeland...love from Beata

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      Thomas J. Andrews 7 years ago

      Nicely rural and agrarian homestead lifestyle Beata. Much of Europe is still that way. Luckily it still looks as if good old home sweet home is staying much the same as it always has. Changes come and go, but the people should still remain the same, humans, albeit humane. It's nice being home bound. And the pace does not race in a dignified countryside, it finds its own pace.

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Yes you are right, it is our perception which makes something good or bad, right or wrong...I believe that the perfect mind portays are more important than perfect spelling as the spelling is just a tool...

      Thank you for your thought provoking comment. Beata

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It's always easy to pick out small mistakes.It's the large mistakes that are harder to see until they make themselves obvious.Sometimes the connection between the mind and body is imperfect.That's is not to say the ideas the mind protrays are imperfect.Which is more important,perfect spelling or perfect melding of the minds.

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Peter for your kind comment. Hope you come back to read more again. All the best from Beata

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      Peter Denly 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing good and informative hub.

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago

      My dear fellow traveller, I admire your 'wandering way of life', it must be great feeling to travel so much and know so many places. Yes, Bratislava is my hometown, but when I visited it the first time after ten years, the place changed and maybe I changed more than the actual place but I felt like I don't belong anymore, I half belong to Perth so I don't belong anywhere...just like you I am just 'wanderer'.

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      nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Thank you, Beata, for this hub! It brings back memories of Bratislava, your home town which I visited several times in the 1980s and again in 1998. I love this city, a wonderful place where I spent a wonderful time.

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      Beata Stasak 7 years ago

      My dear readers, I appologize enourmosly for my 'undisplayed comments under the pictures', maybe I am 'well travelled and well read', unfortunatelly I am learning to use computer and I working on my English. I am so grateful for your patience with me, I will fix the comments under the pictures right now.

      Thank you 'someonewhoknows' for your insight. I love when my writing encourages discussions. What more any writer can wish for?

      Thank you John, your comment was well deserved.

      Immartin, my loyal reader, do I deserve so much praise? I think I need to work harder to live to such high expectations.

      Dear Kenny, I wish to be widely travelled and well read, I am working on it, but I read or travel, more I discover how little I know, I little I managed to see...There is just one answer for that...I know keep reading and travelling, I hope I can and I will have some time left for it, life is just too short to do it all.

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      Kenny MG 7 years ago from A Child of the Universe

      Very interesting and varied images, Stasak and the hub make very good reading. You obviously is a widely travelled, well read woman.

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Another lovely hub, rich in images that say so much. Ver nice Beata and a strong statement about the folly of assuming human beings can be made over into some theoretical ideal. No systen that discounts mankind's need to work and dream as an individual can ever survive, let alone flourish. Your photographs speak to that eloquently.

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      Jon Green 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Someone who knows - but can't actually spell?

      Nice hub!

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      someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It is obvious that a pure socialst or communist society and a pure capitalist or dictiatorial society are not the answer to mans ills.We must recognize that capital and labor are equal partners in producing goods and services and that the economy can only sustain a limited number of employees and a limited number of business owners at any one time.Only the most productive methods and longest lasting materials should be used in commerce.After all we all desrve the best quality goods at the lowest possible price.

      Everyone should have the means to live a reasonably comfortable life each according to their ability and hard work no matter what occupation they are in.Some will do better than others,and deserve more for their work in all fields of work.

      Women have been and continue to be the driving force behind a civilized society while men traditionaly did the majority of work outside the home bringing in the resources needed by his wife and family such as food and clothing or the means to produce them.

      You could say that traditionaly the women are the socialist's and the men are the capitalist's.

      A marrage made in heaven.

      None would be too rich and non would be too poor.

      All work for toward the same goal.A civilized society.

      What man would not support his,and wife and

      what wife would not support her husband and still be married?

      A house divided against itself cannot stand.