Bratislava After World War II
After World War II, the situation in Bratislava was fundamentally
changed. Most of its Jewish population had not returned from the
concentration camps, while the majority of German and Hungarian
ethnicities were also removed from the town after liberation. In this
way Bratislava lost its unique multi-cultural atmosphere.
The Communist coup in February 1948 meant a break in the post-war
development of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia became a constituent part
of the socialist camp and a buffer zone between the West and East.
Europe was divided by the iron curtain. For Bratislava, which was after
the war still connected with Vienna by tram, it meant building closed
borders with the West, and with parts of the city seperated from the
boundry zone by barbed wire. Its citizens had to be ousted. The end of
the 1940s and the beginning of the 1950s were borne in the sign of
reconstruction and repeated construction of city areas destroyed by the
war, especially of industrial plants that were nationalised after 1948
. Communist retaliation intervened into the lives of citizens in the
1950s. Many people were arrested, while thousands of citizens, accused
in trumped-up trials, were forcibly ousted from the city.
More than 40 years of communist regime was interrupted by the events of
1968 - 1969. Their symbol became Alexander Dubček. Democratic changes
he instigated were suppressed only through occupation by the armies of
the Warszaw Pact. The subsequent ‘temporary stay’ of the Soviet troops
lasted for more than 20 years. Together with extensive political
persecutions, they acted as a safeguard against possible attempts for
reforms, and against the possible change of social order in
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[img1]The finals of the European Trophy - the Red Bulls Salute - will be played from December 13th to December 16th, 2012 in Vienna and Bratislava. It will be the first time the Red Bulls Salute, an invitational tournament that became the final of the European Trophy in 2010, will not be played in Salzburg.
Launched as the Red Bulls' invitation tournament and now the highlight of their international calendar, the event continues to break new ground and after seven years it will, for the first time, not be staged in Salzburg. The Red Bulls Salute 2012 is seeking new international challenges and this year will, in addition to Vienna - which was added as a venue last year - take place for the very first time in Bratislava (Slovakia).
Maros Krajci, General Manager of Slovan Bratislava Hockey Club says: "Bratislava is looking forward to welcoming the final tournament of the most prestigious ice hockey club competition in Europe. The city proved to be a fine host of the last year´s IIHF World Championship in its modernized 10,000 seat arena. Bratislava will get another great opportunity to foster its international image and attractiveness on the background of a first-class sporting event. For me personally, hosting Europe´s best hockey clubs will be a first-class gift for our enthusiastic fans at the end of the year in which we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing ice hockey in our city."
Red Bulls Salute 2012 in schedule Bratislave:
Thurday 13.12. 17:00: HV71 Jönköping - Tappara Tampere
Thurday 13.12. 20:30: HC SLOVAN Bratislava - Färjestads BK Karlstad
Saturday 15.12. 20:30: semifinals
Sunday 16.12. 20:00: finals