Personalities of region

Since its establishment, city of Hlohovec passes through gradual administrative, social-cultural and ethno-religious changes. Many people enrolled significantly into the history of the city and its surroundings during these changes. Well, region became not only the birthplace, but also a place of act of many important cultural and scientific personalities. Bearers of cultural traditions in region in the past were mainly clerigos, teachers, members of royal families or strong individualities amongst people.

We offer you a short vocabulary of personalities who entered significantly to history of our region.

Peter BORNEMISZA (Abstemius)

(1535 Budapešť-Pešť – 1584 Rohožník)

Book printer, religious writer, church dignitary, reformatory preacher and teacher. He studied at Košice, at universities in Italy, France, Germany and Austria. In 16th century, he worked in Hlohovec as a priest. He was in the service of Julius from Salm and Neuburg. Bornemisza is also known as a critic of conservative religious opinions, progressive teacher and one of the first Book printer in Slovakia (Plavecký hrad and Rohožník). His literary work was affected by elements of social-renaissance and reformation.

Valentín MANCKOVIČ (Farinola)

Renaissance scholar, book printer. V. Manckovič was one of the pioneers of book printing in the territory of Slovakia. He was owner of a portable printer, that printed in the Hlohovec´s monastery. His printer worked since the early eighties of 16th century and printed one of the first translations of Luther's Catechism which was prepared by Ján Pruno Fraštacký. Furthermore, he printed publications of Hieronym Rauscher and famous Renaissance dramatist Pavel Kyrmezer.

Ján Pruno FRAŠTACKÝ

(1560 Hlohovec – 1586 Trenčín)

Rector, teacher, chaplain, Renaissance writer and scholar. He studied at universities in Germany then he taught in Hlohovec and later in Trencin, where he died. He was an adherent of the Protestant Church and worked at the Evangelic Gymnasium in Hlohovec. He wrote latin humanistic occasional poetry and Slovak religious poetry. He published Latin-Slovak Catechism from M. Luther. His religious texts, prayers and occasional verses and hymns were also connected to the catechism.

Juraj HANDERLA

(1734 Trnava – 1796 Hlohovec)

Catholic priest, an adherent of Bernolak´s movement, enlightener. He studied at grammar school in Trnava and then he performed his priestly vocation until 1785 when he moved to Hlohovec. Handerla is the author of practical guide Méhesz Uj (Nový včelár - New Beekeeper) which focus on folk beekeeping. The publication is written in the form of questions and answers, suggesting its accessibility and didactic intention. Author emphasizes the economic value of beekeeping.

Mordechaj DEUTSCH

Jewish scholar and theologian, religious writer, rabbi. Mordechai Deutsch was one of the most prominent rabbis in Hlohovec. He graduated at the famous rabbinical school in Prague, where he was a student of David ben Abraham Oppenheimer, whose predecessor was the creator of the famous Golem Rabbi Low. He wrote known theological work Deror Mor (liquid myrrh) already in 1712 during his work in Kolín and Čáslavi. He consolidated Jewish community in the city of Hlohovec, he established a Jewish high school (yeshiva) and he built an old synagogue on the Hlohova street. Deutsch died in 1772 and is buried in the local Jewish cemetery.

Valentín ECK (Ecchius)

(1494 Lindau – 1550 Hlohovec)

Humanist thinker, teacher, poet. Valentine Eck studied in Lindau in Germany and at the University of Leipzig and Krakow. Since 1517 he became tutor in the family of Turza, later he was rector of the Latin School, notary, mayor, teacher and administrator of family Révai property in Kosice. Relationship to Turza´s family brought Eck to Hlohovec at the end of his life. He was influenced by the famous European and Slovak humanists. He is the author of 15 poetic, educational and political works.

Paulín BAJAN

Franciscan priest and baroque music composer, music teacher. After schools that he attended in Skalica, he entered the Franciscan order. He studied philosophy and theology, and in 1746 was ordained as a priest. He worked in various places as a priest and organist. He worked in Hlohovec between 1758-60. He is the author of thirteen works of spiritual compositions of Slovak and Latin texts for one or two solo voices with organ accompaniment. Bajan as a representative of the late baroque monodik style was influenced by folklore and by folk song from western Slovakia and Morava. Some of his works were created in the Franciscan monastery in Hlohovec.

Edmund PASCHA

Franciscan priest, Baroque music composer, organist and preacher. Hlohovec´s Franciscan monastery adopted him as a cleric to Franciscan Order. He studied philosophy in Beckov and theology in Uherské hradište. After his sanctification, he traveled through several monasteries in Prešov and Žilina. He is not only famous as an organist and choir director but also as a leading creator of Slovak passion-plays, pastoral masses and carols and thus he greatly enriched the Slovak Baroque literature, music and culture. We find elements of Christmas folklore and folk poetry with themes of religion in his works. A large part of his work was composed in Hlohovec.

Ján SINAPIUS HORČIČKA

(1625 Oravský Podzámok – 1682 Halle)

Baroque writer, lutheran priest, brother of known writer Daniel Sinapis Horcicka. He studied in Wittenberg. In 1649 he worked as a principal at Hlohovec´s grammar school. He returned to Hlohovec again in 1669-1672 and served as pastor. He was persecuted for his faith and had to flee to Hungary. He is an author of several occasional poems, latin religion textbook for students of theology ,,Parva School ". He often wrote about an ideal rulers, famous women and about hunting.

Andrej KAPUSTÁŠ

(1757 Hlohovec – 1797 Vilnius)

Economist, banker, designer of first Polish banknotes. He attended school in Hlohovec, later graduated on economic school in Potsdam. Then he settled in Warsaw, where he managed the bank. His bank gained a leading position in Poland and managed assets of richest polish families. He was member of Masons and dealt with the interpretation of the Talmud and the Bible. He was awarded with the title of nobility. He wrote several brochures on economic and bank topics focused on the need for the establishment of the National Bank of Poland.

Jozef SEILNACHT

(1859 Edingen – 1935 Hlohovec)

Art wood carver and restorer of sacred monuments. At the end of the 19th century, J. Seilnacht moved to Hlohovec with his wife and three children. He taught wood working in Leopoldov´s prison for ten years. He opened his own workshop in Hlohovec. Here he created his greatest and most famous works. They were mainly main and side altars of many churches in the region, as well as furniture for wealthier residents. In 1910 he started with work on the main altar in the church of St. Michael the Archangel in Hlohovec. He finished it after 18 years.

Heinrich HEINE

(1797 Düsseldorf – 1856 Paríž)

Prominent representative of German, European and world romanticism. Name of this famous poet is associated with Hlohovec´s tradition. According this tradition, his grandmother, Sarah Lea van Geldernová is burried at the local Jewish cemetery. Tradition also says that the poet himself visited the grave of his grandmother.

Ján HOLLÝ

(1785 Borský Mikuláš – 1849 Dobrá Voda)

Priest, enlightener and scholar, classicist poet, the leader of the national movement, an adherent and member of Bernolak´s movement. Ján Holly worked in Hlohovec between years 1811 – 1814. During his stay in Hlohovec, he started on his translations of ancient works. Especially Virgil's Aeneid determined the further direction of his literary development. He had a very good relationship and obviously also material support from Erdődy´s family. On their initiative he moved to nearby Madunice, where he spent almost 30 years. He created here a substantial part of his work. Various monuments commemorate his work in region (a commemorative room of Ján Holly, a commemorative zone of Ján Holly, Garden with statue of Ján Holly in Madunice or a plaque on the site of a former rectory in Hlohovec, where Holly worked. Region Hlohovec became many times topic of Holly poems.

Pavol ŠIŠKA

(1878 Hlohovec – 1954 Hlohovec)

Catholic priest, dean of parish in Hlohovec and signatory of the Pittsburgh Agreement. He joined the revolt against Austria-Hungary during World War I. Later he worked in the Slovak League in America. He was a co-signatory of Pittsburgh Agreement on 30th May of 1918 (agreement about establishment of Czechoslovakia). In 1919, he came to Czechoslovakia and became a Hlohovec priest. He was the founder of a new parish. He rebuilt the parish church and made adjustment at local cemetery. In 1925, he was appointed by the Pope as a papal chamberlain.

Ivan KUPEC

(1922 Hlohovec – 1997 Bratislava)

Poet, translator, essayist, editor. He studied at Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked in the newspaper Pravda then he was chief-editor of publishing house Tatran and Slovenský spisovateľ and later worked in publishing house Mladé letá. Ivan Kupec was a youngest member of the surrealist movement. Poet of catholic modernism, Rudolf Dilong, brought him to the poetry. His debut ,,Podľa hviezd meniť masky" is marked with surrealist motifs. Later he draws particular attention to ethical and civilization issues. He often used Hlohovec as an inspiration. The most famous are talks with his wife ,,Rozhovory s Emíliou ".

Rudolf DILONG

(1905 Trstená – 1986 Pittsburgh)

Franciscan, catholic priest, poet of catholic modernism. He graduated from Theology in Nitra. He served as chaplain in Slovak Army during World War II. After 1945, he emigrated, first to Rome, then to Argentina and since 1965 he lived in Pittsburgh. Dilong was the most prolific poet of catholic modernism. He worked as a Franciscan priest in Hlohovec from 1939 to 1940. In Hlohovec, he actively formed his work along the lines of modern avant-garde directions. He poetically influenced a novice, native of Hlohovec - Ivan Kupec. According to tradition, he closed him in cell and left him there until he did not write a book of poems. And he wrote it. Ivan Kupec mother had worried about his son and so Dilong sent her a ticket with the text: "Do not interrupt Ivan, because he went into the mountains of imagination."

Belo ŠKARNICEL – HLOHOVSKÝ

(1917 Hlohovec – 1981)

Writer, traveler, journalist, adventurer. Before emigration in 1949, he worked as a reporter for the weekly magazine Nový Svet. He wrote stories from his travels and composed them into diaries with rich pictorial material. Immediately after the war he wrote a book, „Taká si Európa (Such is Europe) ", where he captured fate of war-torn countries. The book, „Africa čierna a biela" (Africa Black and White) is a unique testimony of visits of African countries with lots of adventures. This book enrolled significantly in the history of Slovak travelogue literature.

Ján ŠIMONOVIČ

(1939 Siladice – 1994 Bratislava)

Poet. He studied in Hlohovec, then at Comenius University in Bratislava. He worked as an editor in Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava and in publishing house Smena. Then he worked in the magazine Romboid and Zornička and in publishing house Slovenský spisovateľ (Slovak writer). Author is profiled as a member of a major poetic group - „Trnava group“. He wrote several collections of poems such as Pyramída (Pyramid), Obrazotvorná lúka (Imaginative meadow), Belavá sen (Whitish dream), Jama vo mne (Hole in me). His poetry is imaginative and expressive with frequent motifs of nature but also with motifs of social phenomena.

Ľudo ZÚBEK

(1907 Malacky – 1969 Bratislava)

Writer, novelist, author of historical novels. He worked as a bank clerk on various locations. His profession brought him to Hlohovec for a short time. Then he worked in Slovak radio and in publishing house Tatran. He wrote prose for all ages. Between his known historical novels belong Skrytý prameň (Hidden source), Doktor Jesenius (Doctor JESENIUS), Jar Adely Ostrolúckej (Spring of Adela Ostrolúcka), Rytieri bez meča (Knights without sword), V službách Mateja Hrebendu (In services of Matej Hrebenda) and many others.

Arpád FELCÁN

(1900 Hlohovec – 1944 Píla)

Teacher, historian, author of the first monography about Hlohovec and its surroundings. Arpad Felcan was a supporter of proletarian worldview. He was a good teacher, an enthusiastic amateur historian and linguist. He was organizer of class struggles, colporteur and correspondent of comunist´s party newspaper. He done commendable work for region Hlohovec by writing a work „Hlohovecko kedysi, dnes a zajtra“ (Hlohovec in a past, today and tomorrow). He also wrote history textbook influenced by Marxism which is currently missing. He published a guide „Vitajte v Svätom Jure“ (Welcome to St. Jur) and linguistics and reflection booklet „Za jednotný spisovný jazyk“ (For united written language). He participated actively in Slovak national uprising and was captured and executed by Germans in the village Píla.

Ivan ŠTRPKA

(1944 Hlohovec)

Poet, essayist, translator and editor. Native of Hlohovec. Ivan Štrpka graduated from Slovak and Spanish language at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He started publishing in legendary magazine Mladá tvorba in 1961 and together with Peter Laučík Repka created a poetry group Osamelí bežci. This group has brought into Slovak literature new modern and inventive ways and motives of poetry. Štrpka debuted with collection of poems entitled „Krátke detstvo kopijníkov“ (Short childhood of lancers). In following years his poems were also marked by the spirit of the first collection of poetry. In his work lyrical subjects facing moral challenges of the contemporary world and fantastic worlds intersect with reality. Ivan Štrpka was also a main text writer of Slovak musical icon Dežo Ursíny.

Elena ŠTEFANOVIČOVÁ – POLAKOVIČOVÁ

(1922 Hlohovec – 2003 Nitra)

The writer of literature for children and youth . She studied in Hlohovec and later in Nitra. In the late fifties she started as a educator in Hlohovec. Her verse published under the title „Prvosienky“ (Primroses). Then she introduced her prose „Rástli bez mamy“(Grew without mom). She was awarded by Fraňo Kráľ award for this work. She contributed to magazines Zornička and Slniečko and she prepared children's programs in the Slovak Radio. Her other two books „Priateľ mäkčeň, kamarátka bodka“ a „Nebojme sa pravopisu“ have didactic nature.

Ján ABRAHAMFFY

(1570 Poníky – 1630 Čachtice)

Priest, preacher and writer of religious literature. He entered the Franciscan order in Hlohovec. Then worked here from 1694 to 1695. He wrote baroque religious literature. His prayer-book is the first printed prayer book of Slovak Catholics. It contains prose and verse prayers inspired by principles of baroque Franciscan piety. His script „Fakule hořící“ served for the purpose of recatholization. He also wrote a Latin prayer book and a collection of psalms. His contribution to the development of baroque culture is undeniable.

Rudolf KRAJČOVIČ

(1927 Trakovice)

Teacher, linguist, Slavist, historian of the Slovak language. He spent his students´ and teachers´ years at Comenius University in Bratislava in various academic and scientific functions. Professionally devoted himself to historical and comparative linguistics. He is the author of many scientific and technical publications, university textbooks, professional studies which focuses mainly on the issues of development of written language. He was awarded by numerous academic, scientific and state awards.

Jan VLADISLAV

(1923 Hlohovec – 2009 Praha)

Poet, essayist, translator, educator, writer of literature for children and youth. He was born in Hlohovec and spent here part of his childhood. He studied at Charles University in Prague and at the French´s Grenoble. Vladislav translated from seven languages, published several collections of poetry in which he sympathizes with the Group of 42 "Hoříci člověk "(Burning man), „Súbor básni Fragmenty“ (Set of poems - Fragments). He was one of the first signatories of Charter 77 and four years later was forced to emigrate to France. He was not silent in emigration and wrote another works: „Otvorený denník“ (Open diary) and „Pražský denník“ (Prague Diary). Vladislav carries several French government awards. A very suggestive autobiographical prose Galgócz connects him to Hlohovec.

Celestín Alojz LEPÁČEK

(1905 Trstená – 1955 Trnava)

Catholic priest, Franciscan, philosopher, educator, translator. He studied in Trnava, where he entered the Franciscan order. He worked in Franciscan monastery in Hlohovec in 1921-1923. His research activity was concentrated on the Franciscan culture, especially on the literature. He studied development of Franciscan culture especially in the Baroque period. He was author of numerous scientific publications and studies in leading religious, cultural and social magazines.

Michal VIČAN

(1925 Hlohovec – 1986 Bratislava)

Football player and football coach. He was part of Slovan Bratislava golden era in the 50th years and he won four Czechoslovak championships. He played ten matches for the Czechoslovak representation as a defender. Vičan worked as a football coach after his playing career. The highlight of his coaching career was victory over famous FC Barcelona with Slovan Bratislava in the final of The UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1969. Then he trained Ruch Chorzów and won the Polish Cup and title of league.

Ladislav KUNA

(1947 Hlohovec – 2012 Hlohovec)

Football player. Ladislav Kuna was one of pillars of the "golden age" of the Spartak Trnava and won five Czechoslovak championships. As midfielder had excellent technique, tactical thinking and football intelligence. He played 16 seasons for the Spartak and three seasons for the Admira Wacker. He played 47 matches for the Czechoslovak representation and scored nine times. He also participated in the Mexican World Cup in 1970 and then coached several teams of Slovak leagues.

Jozef ZACHAR

(1920 Hlohovec)

Film director. He concentrated on documentary movies (Samo Chalupka, Psychodrama, End of Silence). Unforgettable movies and dramas such as "Unwakened", "Deal with the devil", "Sebechlebský Musicians", "Democrats" originate from close cooperation with television. Its work culminated in a television film „Svatopluk“. Zachar is one of the most prolific Slovakian directors. In his hometown he made a movie "Responsibility" about environment in educational institution.

Dionýz František TOMAŠOVIČ

(1911 Hlohovec – 2004 Hlohovec)

Franciscan priest, preacher, missionary, literary worker. He joined Franciscans in Bratislava. His first place of work was the monastery of Kremnica. He actively involved in the publishing of magazines Serafínsky svet and Priateľ dietok. After so called "Barbarous Nights", was placed in several concentration camps. He returned to Hlohovec´s monastery after his rehabilition in 1989. He published a book of memories „Po serafínskej ceste“ (After Seraphic way) in 1997. The book is very valuable because he was the only Franciscan who wrote his experience from years of liquidation of religioners.

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

1770 Bonn – 1827 Viedeň)

Music composer and a pianist. Several events in Hlohovec are associated with the presence of world-famous composer. He visited chateau of Josef Erdödy during his stay in Piestany. Until the end of the World War II they kept the piano where he supposed to play and a commemorative book with his signature.

Maximilián HARDEGG

(1909 Merano – 1931 Baden-Baden)

Earl and race car driver. He was the son of Jan and Ilona Erdődy. He became one of the first riders from Slovakia, who regularly attended international car races. In 1930, participated in the first year of the famous race at Masaryk circuit in Brno. The race finished third overall but was the first in the category up to the 1500 cm3. In 1930, finished in the fourth place overall in the World Cup of lightweight vehicles with his legendary car Bugatti T37A. Hardegg regularly participated in very popular up hill races. He died tragically in the race at Baden-Baden.

Štefan PILÁRIK

(1615 Očová – 1693 Neusalz)

Baroque poet, evangelic priest, cantor, chaplain. He had to leave his birthplace because of religious persecution and became a priest in the Dolná Strehová. After unveiling conspiracy of Vešeléni he went into exile. He settled down in Neusalz (Germany), where he founded a school for children of Slovak exiles. Negative events, of imprisonment in Leopoldov´s fortress during the the Turkish siege, associate him to Hlohovec. His experience authentically immortalized in poem „Los Pilarika Štepána“.

Ivan LETKO

(1934 Hlohovec)

Actor, teacher of drama. He graduated in acting at the Music Academy in Bratislava and ten years worked at the theatre in Martin. Thence passed to the Nová Scéna in Bratislava. He represented dozens characters in film, television and theater. He gained his first theatrical experience already at Hlohovec´s school. His best movies are ,, Živý bič“ (Whip alive), „Muž, který lže“(A man who lies), „Zlaté klasy“ (Golden ears), „Tanec nad plačom“ (Dancing over tears). He also often featured in programs for children and youth.

Ľudovít VARGA

(1917 Merašice – 1945 Mathausen)

Painter and graphic artist. The landscape, the portrait and various figural compositions dominate in his work. Actively participated in the WWII. During the Slovak national uprising proposed rebel posters. He participated at the preparation of Czechoslovak four-crowns mark at the occasion of first anniversary of the Uprising. He was arrested at the end of the war, imprisoned in Bratislava and finally transported to Mathausenu, where he died.

Ľudovít GOGA

(1912 Hlohovec – 2000 Bratislava)

Sculptor. The beginning of his creative activity was devoted to wood-carving. He studied at the Academy of Art in Prague. We can find reliefs and portrait sculptures in his work. His monuments can be seen in several cities (Motherhood in Trencin, Partizan in Skýcov). In Hlohovec, we can admire Liberation Monument at the main square of St. Michael (1956) and Beethoven's monument (1968) near the Empire Theatre.

Vojtech IHRISKÝ

(1899 Krásno nad Kysucou – 1988 Bratislava)

Sculptor. He studied in Prague at the Higher school of Arts and at the Academy of Arts. He became a leading figure of modern Slovak sculpture, in which he developed the line of realistic traditions. He had a sculptor´s studio in Hlohovec during the Slovak state. His relief with peasant motif and his harvest is situated on the wall of Slovak Savings Bank in Hlohovec. He also created a statue of P. O. Hviezdoslav in Bratislava.

Richard MÜLLER

(1961 Hlohovec)

Music composer and singer. It is considered as one of the pioneers of electronic pop in Slovakia. He is son of the famous actor Vladislav Müller. He graduated in dramaturgy and scriptwriting at the Academy of Musical Arts in Bratislava. He entered the music scene with the band Banket and later cooperated with leading Slovak musicians and composers such as Jaro Filip or Andrew Šeban. Müller also moderated several television shows. His music discography: Neuč vtáka lietať, 33, LSD, Nočná optika, Koniec sveta, Už, Ešte.

Mikuláš KONT

(? – 1367)

Hungarian palatine. He came from an old and very important family of Ilocký. Members of this family have held high public positions and ranks. M. Kont was the dignitary of land, Hungarian palatine, royal flag-bearer, multiple district administrator, one of the greatest Hungarian magnates, and military, diplomatic and administrative official. His family came from the Croatia from the village Orahovice. He was involved in several military campaigns in Naples, Serbia and Venice. He led diplomatic messages to the papal court of Avignon and at the princely courts of Italy and Lithuania.

Otto LACKOVIČ

(1927 Hlohovec – 2008 Praha)

Actor. His acting carier started already at amateur theater in Hlohovec. After several theater stops during the war, he moved to Prague. As an actor, had a great sense of caricature. During his half-century activity in film, played a lot of different characters - from negative criminals, fools to fearless heroes. We can mention these titles from the number of his movies : Kozie mlieko (Goat milk), Fronta (Front), Strieborný vietor (Silver Wind), Jan Žižka (Jan Zizka), Proti všem (Against All), Ikarie XB 1 (Icarus XB 1), Kto sa bojí, uteká, (Who's afraid, runs), Trhala fialky dynamitom (Picking Violets with dynamite) and others.

Miroslav KARHAN

(1976 Šulekovo)

Football player, midfielder. His football career began in the top league (Spartak Trnava). From Spartak he moved to Spanish club Real Betis and thence headed to the Turkey to Besiktas Istanbul. He spent six seasons in the German VfL Wolfsburg and four more in the 1.FSV Mainz 05. After his legionary years, he returned to Slovakia, where he plays for Spartak Trnava. Karhan was a longtime representative, played over a hundred matches for the national team and was also its captain.

Peter BALÁŽ

(1945 Trenčín)

Motorcycle racer, organizer and director of several motorcycle races, a longtime sports´ functionary. Peter Baláž is tenfold champion of Czechoslovakia and triple European champion in motorcycle veterans. A large part of his life is connected to Hlohovec where he regularly organizes veterans´ races.

Jozef ADAMOVIČ

Actor and university teacher. In 1948, he moved from his birthplace to Hlohovec, where he attended the local grammar school. After graduation, he began his studies at the Academy of Musical Arts in Bratislava and after school became a member of the Slovak National Theatre. The figure of Móric Beňovský in movie Vivat, Beňovský! is very well known. He was married into famous actress Božidara Turzonovová. Na skle maľované (Painted on glass), Ženský zákon (Women's Law), Peter a Lucia, Kubo, Kocúrkovo (Gotham city), Majster kat (Master Executioner) and others belong between his musicals.

Jozef SUŠIENKA

(1937 Nová Bystrica)

Designer. He graduated at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. The greater part of his active life works in Hlohovec where he has its ceramic workshop. He devoted himself to loose and household ceramics. His work is focused on objects of garden ceramics, where he uses light reflection. He is a member of the International Academy of ceramists AIC in Geneva. He established gallery in Kysuce and often exhibited in Slovakia and in abroad. He is a holder of several awards and medals.

Ladislav STRUHÁR

(1954 Bratislava)

Artistic photographer. He graduated at the High School of Applied Arts, department of Photography. Then he worked in Ružomberok and subsequently moved to Hlohovec. Struhar focuses on advertising photography in his work, but is also known as a photographer of architecture and nature. He exhibited in 21 worldwide exhibitions. His works can be found in permanent exhibition in Budapest, Sofia, Warsaw and Tashkent. L. Struhár is the author of numerous photographic publications with various topics.

Alžbeta CIFERSKÁ

(1951 – 1970 Hlohovec)

Handball player. She was one of the biggest handball talent in Czechoslovakia in her era. Alžbeta was a pupil of handball club of Častá from where she came to Hlohovec´s handball club Odeva. In season 1968/69, she received a championship of Czechoslovakia and became the best scorer of the league. Alžbeta also played in Czechoslovak representation and was awarded with champion of sport title. Her promising career stopped a tragic car accident.

Daniela NOVÁKOVÁ-TRANDŽÍKOVÁ

(1956 Melčice-Lieskové)

Handball player. She is one of the most known female player in history of Hlohovec´s handball. Daniela played seven seasons in Odeva Hlohovec. In addition, also played in Trenčín, Prešov and in Austria Vienna. She won three champion titles with ZVL Prešov. She was also the best handball player in Czechoslovakia in 1979 and in 1980. D. Novakova-Trandžíková played more than three hundred matches in the Czechoslovak representation and won a silver medal at the 1986 World Cup in the Netherlands.

Pavel VAJAJ

(1761 Kopčany – 1838 Horné Zelenice)

Evangelical teacher, enlightener and poet. During his years of teaching was actively involved in social life that he described in verses´ diaries, in chronicles and in occasional poems. For instance consecration of temple in Príbovce, ballet in Rakov belong between them. After moving to the Horné Zelenice, he worked as a Evangelic teacher and wrote verses about anti-Napoleonic opposition, about the great flood on the river Váh and about the construction of the tower of Evangelic Church in Horne Zelenice.