“I Just Love Bratislava.” From the Memories and Documents of a Czech Doctor’s Family Cover Image

„Já tu Bratislavu miluju.“ Ze vzpomínek a dokumentů rodiny českého lékaře
“I Just Love Bratislava.” From the Memories and Documents of a Czech Doctor’s Family

Author(s): Jana Pospíšilová
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Family and social welfare, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity
Published by: Ústav etnológie a sociálnej antropológie Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: Czechs in Bratislava; daily life; memory narratives; family memory; home;

Summary/Abstract: One of the stages of the Czechoslovak history is the 1920s and 1930s period when Czechs settled with their families in Slovakia, driven by a long-term perspective and working as civil servants in state administration, or in the private sphere. MUDr.Viktor Sedlák graduated from the Charles University in Prague and worked at the Dermatology and Venerology Clinic of the Comenius University in Bratislava since 1919. He later opened a private doctor’s office for skin and venereal diseases and treated the employees of Slovak Railways. In the spring of 1939, he was forced to leave Bratislava and moved to Brno. While in Bratislava, he lived with his wife and two children in a small Czechoslovak villa colony on Lermontov Street (formerly Günther Street) in a house designed by Dušan Jurkovič, in the neighbourhood of other intellectuals. The narrated memories and documents preserved in the family archive together with other objects that were carried to Brno reflect the professional career and private life of the Czech doctor who had lived in Bratislava for twenty years, and show the daily life of his family and social contacts within the predominantly Czech population. The text depicts the family memory culture.

  • Issue Year: 66/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 318-330
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Czech