Author Archives: fabryhistory

No more accommodation for Putin and his mafia – get out of our house!!

No more accommodating dictators – stop letting Putin and Lukashenko get away with torture, kidnapping, murder! No more! Do the right thing, Slovakia – think of Vaclav Havel, and of all the Czech and Slovak heroes that fought for your freedom! Stand up for Alexei Navalny and Roman Protasevich, for the people of Belarus and Russia, for the hundreds of political prisoners who have risked their lives, for you and for me! Let love and integrity be your motivation, not fear!

Stand up for the people of Palestine!

It is heartbreaking that Joe Biden can stand up to Putin and call him a “killer”, but he cannot stand up to Netanyahu and his crimes against humanity. It is not only the President who needs to evolve, and fast; I am calling out the press to change how they report on Israel and Palestine, to do better now, and to recognize the power of their words can heal or destroy!

I stand in opposition to Netanyahu and his Apartheid regime, and I also support the human rights of Jewish and Palestinian people – there is no good reason for anyone to torture or kill another human being, no policy or belief system to justify murder, and we must hold Netanyahu and his supporters accountable!

FREE ALEXEI NAVALNY

Alexei is dying and needs our help! Please come together and protest on Wednesday April 21, for his life, for your life and everyone you love! Putin is a killer, and he will not stop until we all stand up to him – no one is safe until we have the courage of our convictions to resist tyranny in any part of the world!

United Nations Suez Canal Clearance Operations: 1956-’57

Need help clearing the Suez Canal? Take your problem to the United Nations! Vlado Fabry was on assignment in Egypt during the Suez Crisis, assisting with the UN clearance operations of about 30 wrecks, which began in December of 1956 and was completed in April 1957. I promised a while back to post images of the large clearance chart that Vlado saved, but now I have a very good reason to share it! It is 2 feet x 2 feet in size, beautiful to look at. Prepared in 1957 by UNSCO, drawn and traced by Roger Gammino.

I am also including this eye-opening BBC documentary about the Suez Crisis, I highly recommend it!

First Czechoslovak Republic: Fabry archive,1918-1920

The following documents and photos are from November 1918 to December 1920, they are in Hungarian and I am not able to translate them – I will return later to transcribe some of these. I hope to give a clearer picture of why Pavel Fabry, and his family, were the target of retaliation and revenge by Hungary and Russia, and why Russia still occupies our home in Bratislava – the house belongs to the city of Bratislava now, my husband and I donated it!

For historical context, the First Czechoslovak Republic began on 28 October 1918, and the boundaries and government were established with the Czechoslovak Constitution of 29 February 1920. The Treaty of Trianon was signed on 4 June 1920, and Saris County became part of newly formed Czechoslovakia; Saris was formerly known as Saros, a County of the Kingdom of Hungary, and had been since the 13th century – Pavel was Governor of Presov and prefect of Saris at its very beginning! In connection, this pdf text from the University of Presov was sent to me by a very helpful family relative last year(thank you!!): “Eastern Slovakia in 19th and 20th centuries in relation of the centre and periphery“; she wrote that “it describes the installation and the very beginning of [Pavel’s] governance in Presov.”

1918 Czechoslovakia
Marked on reverse: “Luhačovice August 1918″. Pavel Fabry sits front and center, Olga Fabry is second woman on the right; the two men standing far left and far right appear to be our relatives, Igor and Miloš Makovický, but I have not identified the others, yet.
Unidentified Slovak ladies, with our grandmother Olga Fabry-Palka far right, circa 1918.
President Masaryk
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, 1st President of Czechoslovakia, 1918-1935. Photo plate from “Zlata Knihá Slovenska: 1918-1928” (“Golden Book of Slovakia”)
Our copy of “Golden Book of Slovakia”; published 1929.
From “Golden Book of Slovakia”, Dr. Pavel Fabry.
Document from 15 November 1918.
Budapest, 16 November 1918.
Letter from Budapest, 17 November 1918.
Reverse of letter from Budapest, 17 November 1918; with cancellation stamps, December 6 and 7, 1918.
Prague, December 10, 1918
Letter from Zilina, 24 December 1918.
Letter from Prague, 28 December 1918.
Political flyer from Presov, 8 July 1919.
This photo is marked in pen on reverse “Saris, Tatuskova, slavnost 11 jan. 1920”. Pavel Fabry(Tatuskova) at center, speaking to the crowd; “slavnost” is Slovak for ‘celebration’.
Presov, 8 June 1920.