19 September 2016 - 15 January 2017
Exhibition on the Slovak National Uprising / Berlin
The Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in October 1944, was one of the most important anti-fascist uprisings in Europe. It was an armed insurrection against the regime that collaborated with the Nazi occupation of Slovakia. The uprising was a culmination of the efforts made by a unified resistance movement and the exiled Czechoslovak government, and won over the support of anti-Hitler coalition – the USSR, USA and Great Britain. Volunteers from 30 other nations fought in the uprising alongside Slovak rebel army and partisan units. The uprising was defeated after two months of fighting, but it brought about a fundamental change in the Allies' perception of Slovakia. Hitler's obedient vassal became a respected part of the anti-Nazi coalition. SNP revealed that thousands of Slovak inhabitants were willing to fight and die in the struggle for freedom and democracy against the occupation and domestic authoritative regime. The aim of the exhibition is to present this important historical event in a wider historical and European context to the international and German audience. The exhibition is held by the German Resistance Memorial Centre, the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.