A Slovak in New York revisits the ‘heart’ of her old country
A leading light in New York’s Slovak community has given support to a book about one of her old country’s greatest folk tales.
Sabina Sabados, originally from eastern Slovakia, emigrated to the US in the late 1980s and is now president of the Slovak-American Cultural Centre.
Slovak writers Dr Zuzana Palovic and Dr Gabriela Bereghazyova met her on a book tour to promote Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden.
Sabina said of the book: “It revolves around the symbolism of the Linden tree, the national tree of Slovakia and the sacred tree of the Slavs. The heart-shaped Linden leaf reflects not only the location of Slovakia in the heart of Europe, its ancient roots and magnificent future, but also the heartfelt nature of her people.
“Slovaks truly are a people of generous heart, which is why they have chosen the Linden insignia to represent them at every step of modern Slovak life.”
In a short review of Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden for www.consumerwatchfoundation.com Sabina wrote: “Far from being a boring exploration of rusty historic facts, it grips your heart and elevates your soul as you turn the pages to understand why seemingly little Slovakia is such a giant and champion. The book is written in an accessible manner, each page is full of rich and exciting information matched with equally evocative images. Together they help to powerfully communicate the many centuries of Slovak struggle and jubilation.”
Sabina also works for the Office of Internal Oversight Services of the United Nations. But she describes herself as being very active in the Slovak community. She is chairwoman of the annual Slovak Ball, now in its twenty second year, which raises funds for the Joseph Stasko Scholarship Fund which offers financial support to students.
The Slovak-American Cultural Centre has a mission to preserve Slovak heritage in the United States for the Slovak- American community.
Slovaks first arrived in New York around 1848 and settled in Manhattan around 14th Street and Second Avenue.
By the late 1970s there were about 85,000 Slovaks in the city.