"Slovak hero - Janosik" Top 5 Page for this destination Slovakia Local Custom Tip by Skipka

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by Skipka

Real historical facts proved that Janosik was born in Terchova in 1688, he (youngster full of ideals)
joined Rakoczy's uprising against Habsburg. In 1708 he was forced to join Emperor's army because he was captured. In the same time
in jail he knew Uhorcik - his fellow -and helped him to escape in 1710. He needn't to escape because his father paid the fees and enfree him.
Since 1711 he was known as the leader of padders. From the historical annals is known that he was really trustful and honest
person but the group of padders wasn't the same. There were some accidents and one of them caused the death of a priest what played
really big role when he was captured by "police". Tortures and bad conditions in jail situated in Vranovo in Palugay Palace weakened
Uhorcik who told everything to the police to escape tortures. On the other hand, Janosik didn't and he told them just the names of dead fellows.
In 17th mart 1713 in late afternoon he was hanged in Sibenicky at the age of 25.
But as someone told: "You cannot kill Janosik. Janosik is freedom and freedom is endless!" he became the symbol for all Slovaks and oppressed
people in general. There rised tons of stories that he got his belt from the queen of elfs and also has a magic axe (valaska), others told that
he married the Queen of Elfs after 7 years of his death and others that he hid a great treasure somewhere in the mountains or cave. I think that he did.
He became a source of literature, symbol of freedom and make us stronger. It is more than a single treasure. When he was standing and waiting for hanging
his last words were: " When you roasted me, then eat me!" (It can't be translated to English on other way :)just literally.
Check also the Janosik in film...

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  • Updated Jul 6, 2003
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