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SLOVAK SETTLERS

 
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Countless Slovaks left Slovakia because life there got too hard. A harsh climate, a lack of freedom, pandemics, crop shortages, and an everyday struggle to earn a living were a daily reality.


For hundreds of thousands, the only way out was to leave behind their beloved forests, rivers, and mountains.  Carried by their hopes and dreams,  they ventured across Europe and the Atlantic to lay their roots down in New World. 

Slovak Settlers is a project that seeks to collect the humble and grand, sad and joyful, impressive and sentimental stories of those who dared to embark on the journey into the unknown. 

 
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Slovak Settlers pieces together the fascinating, powerful, and touching Odyssey of Slovaks who left their homeland in search of a new life in faraway North America. Their destinies reveal a timeless story of shared dreams and hope that should never be forgotten. 

Although the history of Slovakia is a history of migration, we know so little about the Slovak men and women who dared to cross the ocean in search of a better life and even less about what happened to them after.

Their stories help to recover ties severed by decades and even a century of separation. 

Slovak Settlers is more than a book. It is a healing journey that sooths old wounds of separation and loss and eases the yearning to re-connect with the homeland of the ancestors.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILM

Rootless: A Call to Return 

A part of the project is a production of a documentary film, documenting the history of Slovak emigration. 

Rootless is a story of forgetting, reconnecting and resurrection of the ancestral homeland.

It is with joy that we share with you the trailer for this documentary film about the timeless story of immigrants searching for a better life, and of their descendants yearning to reconnect with what was lost.

 

BECOME
A PATRON

We need your help to make the project happen!

$100  Your name on the Wall of Gratitude in the book + electronic book Slovak Settlers 

$200  Your name on the Wall of Gratitude in the book + an electronic copy of Slovak Settlers  + complimentary course of your choice from Global Slovakia Academy

$1000  A dedicated and tailored  Patron Page in the book Slovak Settlers with your company logo, picture, and a description

 

OUR PARTNERS

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OFFICE FOR SLOVAKS LIVING ABROAD

This project is supported using public funding by Office for Slovaks Living Abroad - Úrad pre Slovákov žijúcich v zahraničí.

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One Slovak Family is an international movement that seeks to unite the Slovak diaspora abroad with the home country. Currently, the organization campaigns to alter the Slovak Citizenship law to allow descendants of Slovaks migrants to claim Slovak citizenship.

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The emerging museum is the only one of its kind in Slovakia. It collects, documents and preserves stories and artifacts that speak of migrants' destinies.

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The man behind Slovak Ancestry is Michal Rázus, a genealogist, tour guide and historian. He has been helping people find their roots and reconnect with the long lost families for 15 years. Slovak Ancestry goes beyond genealogy. It hosts a popular podcast which uncovers extraordinary stories of Slovaks from across the globe.  

 

Join Dr. Zuzana Palovic, a migration scholar, and Dr Martin Javor, the founder of the Museum of Emigration to learn about the history of Slovak migration. 

 

PODCAST

Explore the stories of Slovak settlers delivered to your by Slovak Ancestry