Embassy Marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

August 2 marks Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the Nazi’s execution of approximately 3,000 Roma prisoners (mostly the elderly, women, and children) at Auschwitz. The Embassy Spokesperson Griffin Rozell laid flowers at the annual August 1 “Ma bisteren!” remembrance event at the Slovak National Uprising Museum in Banska Bystrica, saying: “we must ...
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Diplomatic 25K Bicycle Tour Highlights Shared Values, History

On July 19, Ambassador Sterling led a diplomatic peloton, with participants from the U.S., European and Asian embassies as well as the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a twenty-five kilometer bicycle tour to commemorate Slovakia’s twenty-fifth anniversary as well as the 138th anniversary of the birth of Slovak hero M.R. Stefanik. Stefanik played a ...
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Ambassador Sterling, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak Unveil Woodrow Wilson Bust

Ambassador Sterling and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lajcak unveiled a bust of President Woodrow Wilson on the grounds of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on May 18. Wilson’s inclusion of self-determination for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian Empire played a key role in the creation of the first independent, democratic Czechoslovakia. Minister of ...
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Ambassador Sterling Commemorates the End of World War II

Ambassador Adam Sterling laid a wreath together with Slovak president Andrej Kiska and other host country and foreign representatives at the Makov War Memorial on May 8 to commemorate the end of World War II. The Makov War Memorial, near the border with the Czech Republic, commemorates the actions of a Czechoslovak guerilla brigade and ...
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American Jazz Legend Kenny Barron Marks Jazz Appreciation Month with Concert at CMR

Jazz pianist, composer, and member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame Kenny Barron performed for approximately eighty music lovers, including MFA at Ambassador Sterling’s residence on April 23 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Barron has a personal tie to this years, Jazz Appreciation Month honoree, having recorded under legendary producer and civil rights ...
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Ambassador Sterling Participates in Pianos Americanos Event

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks for the Pianos Americanos performance at the Slovak Academy of Performing Arts on March 24, noting the importance of the people-to-people connections between our countries. The annual event features two pianists playing simultaneously and focuses on the music of a different country or region each year. This year’s performance featured ...
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Ambassador Sterling’s Visit to Central and Eastern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling traveled to Banska Bystrica, Poprad, Kezmarok and Stara Lubovna from February 28-March 2. In Banska Bystrica, he met with regional Governor Jan Lunter and discussed the governor’s agenda for the region following his recent election. The Ambassador also participated in a town hall with local community activists, students and business representatives, to discuss ...
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Ambassador Sterling Hosts Iwo Jima Documentary Screening

Ambassador Adam Sterling delivered opening remarks at a screening of “The Boy Who Wanted to Be President”, a documentary about a Slovak-American Marine and Iwo Jima flag-raiser, at Bratislava’s Kino Lumière on February 23. Sterling told the story of first-generation Slovak-American Michal Strank and spoke about the deep personal connections between the U.S. and Slovakia. ...
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Friend, Partner, Ally Book Launch Celebrates 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Ambassador Sterling and acting Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok headlined a launch ceremony for Friend, Partner, Ally, a book authored by former Slovak Minister of International Relations Pavol Demes chronicling 25 years of U.S.-Slovak diplomatic relations. Approximately 120 people attended the event, including two former Slovak Ambassadors to the United States, prominent NGO leaders, and a ...
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Face2Face Series Highlights Life-changing U.S. Experiences

As part of our popular “Face2Face” public discussion series, Embassy Bratislava partnered with the Open Society Foundation to host a discussion titled “My American story” with three Slovaks that spent significant time in U.S. Guests included renowned chemist Robert Mistrik, Slovak “marsounaut” Michaela Musilova and lawyer and teacher Matej Sapak, who studied at Harvard. The ...
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Assistant Public Affairs Officer Speaks in Central Slovakia

On December 5, Assistant Public Affairs Officer Griffin Rozell spoke about Texas, the U.S. foreign service, and the U.S. political system to approximately fifty high school students at Ruzomberok’s Business Academy. The students showed particular interest in learning more about the details of foreign service life as well as exchange opportunities in the United States. ...
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Promoting Education and Entrepreneurship at Slovakia’s Startup Awards

Ambassador Sterling delivered opening remarks at a discussion on “Education and Entrepreneurship” on December 1 during Slovakia’s annual Startup Awards event. The discussion, which was organized by the EuroPolicy NGO with funding from the Embassy, brought together representatives from government, academia and the private sector to examine the nexus between higher education and business in ...
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U.S. Legal Ethics Expert Dr. James Moliterno Promotes Rule of Law Reforms

U.S. legal expert James Moliterno discussed implementation of the new ethics code with the Deputy Prosecutor General during his two day visit from November 30 to December 1, who agreed he should return to Slovakia in 2018 to conduct an intensive practical workshop with the Prosecutorial Ethics Commission on how to handle ethics cases. Moliterno ...
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Summer Work and Travel Alumni Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Ambassador

Twenty four-hour news broadcaster TA3 and state newswire TASR covered the Embassy’s third annual Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Thanksgiving dinner and photography contest, hosted by Ambassador Sterling at the Chief of Mission Residence (CMR). Approximately 25 finalists from the Embassy’s SWT photo contest as well as representatives from local SWT agencies came to the ...
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Ambassador Attends Holocaust Documentary Screening

State broadcaster RTVS and private broadcasters TV Markiza and TV Joj covered Ambassador Sterling’s attendance at ascreening of a Holocaust survival documentary at the Sered Holocaust Museum. The film, which was supported through a U.S. Embassy grant, offered the story of Pavel Traubner, a Slovak Jew who survived the Holocaust as a child. In his ...
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Ambassador Sterling Visits Eastern Slovakia

Ambassador Sterling traveled to eastern Slovakia from November 13-15 to conduct outreach and learn about the local business and security environment. In Kosice, the Ambassador discussed U.S.-Slovak shared values with an audience of 180 British and American Studies students at Safarik University. In Kechnec, he met the mayor, learned about that town’s efforts to spur ...
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Ambassador Sterling Commemorates the Death of U.S. World War II Airman

Ambassador Sterling and Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Dunn traveled to Trencianske Teplice for an annual ceremony marking the death of Corporal Roland Morin. In 1944 Corporal Morin served as the ball-turret gunner in a B-24 Liberator that flew across Slovakia from Italy on a mission to bomb a Nazi oil refinery located in modern-day ...
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Ambassador Visits Trnava, Tours Stefanik Muzeum in Advance of 2018 Anniversaries

Ambassador Sterling visited Trnava, Slovakia’s 7th largest city (pop. 68,000), on October 12 to meet with the Mayor following his recent IVLP and to re-connect with our closer partners at Trnava University’s Faculty of Law. Trvana’s Mayor, Peter Brocka, returned to Slovakia on October 8 following a three-week IVLP in the U.S. on State and ...
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Former Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindburger Speaks to Slovak Students

Former NASA astronaut and science teacher Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger spoke to a capacity crowd of 670 high school students on “Dare to Dream” at Bratislava’s Economic University on Thursday, September 28. Later that evening she held a talk and question session with approximately 150 space enthusiasts at the Slovak National Gallery’s café. This morning, September 29, ...
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Ambassador Hosts Taste of America Showcasing U.S. Beef and Pork

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a Taste of America food promotion event for Slovak food and hospitality industry leaders at his residence on September 21. The Embassy partnered with the Foreign Agricultural Service office in Berlin and the U.S. Meat Export Federation to showcase high-quality beef and pork and its potential appeal to Slovak consumers. State ...
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USAFE Band Performs in Banska Bystrica and Bratislava

USAFE’s twelve-piece jazz band “The Ambassadors” visited Slovakia from August 29-30 for performances in Banska Bystrica and Bratislava. On August 29, the band took part in the Slovak National Uprising commemoration in Banska Bystrica, which celebrates Slovak resistance against the Fascist Slovak State and German occupying forces during WWII. The band performed a number of ...
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Slovakia Celebrates 73rd Anniversary of Slovak National Uprising; Leaders Call for Rejection of Extremism and Fascism

August 29 marked the 73rd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising which was launched from Banksa Bystrica in 1944 against Nazi troops and the wartime collaborationist government of Jozef Tiso. All media outlets heavily cover the attendance of President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, and Head of Parliament Andrej Danko at commemorative events in ...
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7th Slovak Airshow Boasts U.S. Aircraft and Record Numbers

This year’s Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) took place at the Sliac airport on August 26 and 27 and was visited by approximately 150,000 people. Among the big draws included fly-bys of U.S. B-52 and B-1 strategic bombers, which in the past had only been on static display at the Slovak airshow. Other highlights were ...
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Embassy Human Rights Awards Recipients

2017 Forgotten Slovakia received the Human Rights Defender Award in recognition of their committed outreach to residents across the country. Their work provides an opportunity for local residents to share their views, while also raising public awareness about the dangers posed by extremism. The Zilina-based NGO Against Corruption received the Transparency Award in recognition of ...
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More than Thirty Towns in Eight Months

We’re pleased to announce the Ambassador’s new travel map !  Ambassador Sterling makes traveling around Slovakia to visit new regions and towns a high priority, and he has already managed to see over 30 towns and municipalities in the eight months he has lived in Slovakia.  Now you can follow him on his new travel map, which shows where ...
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Ambassador Sterling Joins UK Counterpart and Slovak Defense Ministry Officials in Honoring Shared WWII History

On Thursday June 1st, the U.S. and British Embassies along with the Slovak Defense Ministry held a wreath laying ceremony in the village of Polomka and unveiled a new plaque to recognize American and British personnel who were killed during the Slovak National Uprising. The ceremony paid tribute to those who fought and died to ...
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Embassy Hosts Roundtable to Discuss Environmental Challenges and Solutions

Ambassador Sterling hosted an environmental roundtable on Thursday, May 25 that brought together approximately 20 representatives from the Environment Ministry, NGOs, student associations, and businesses. The roundtable gave the Ambassador the chance to formally introduce himself to Slovakia’s main environmental stakeholders. Participants shared their views on what they believe to be Slovakia’s greatest environmental challenges. ...
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Ambassador Sterling Presents Embassy’s Annual Human Rights Awards

U.S. Embassy Bratislava held its 6th annual Human Rights Awards reception on May 23 at Ambassador Adam Sterling’s residence. The Embassy recognized Forgotten Slovakia, a civic initiative that combats fascism and other forms of extremism and violence, with the Human Rights Defender Award. Against Corruption, an NGO based in Zilina, received the Transparency Award for ...
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Ambassador Unveils Art in Embassies Collection at Jazz Appreciation Month Reception

Ambassador Adam Sterling hosted a reception on April 20 to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and introduce his new Art in Embassies (AIE) collection . Art in Embassies is a program that was established in 1963 by the U.S. Department of State to showcase American art at official residences overseas. The jazz performance and reception was a perfect venue for ...
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Embassy Americans Cook Tex-Mex on Popular Morning Show

Members of the U.S. Embassy community Adrian and Karla Patrascu cooked Tex-Mex food April 20 on Slovakia’s most-watched national morning program, “Telerano.” They enjoyed sharing this typical cuisine from Texas with Slovaks. They prepared carne guisada, tortillas, guacamole, and cebollas encurtidas. They also made Mexican rice, using Karla’s mother’s recipe.
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Tatra National Parks Renew Agreement with Rocky Mountain National Park for Earth Day

Tatra National Park (TANAP) joined their Polish counterpart to renew their Sister Park Agreement with the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) at a signing ceremony in Zakopane, Poland on April 19. This event was planned in honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 each year. The sister park agreement between TANAP and ...
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