Memory of Nation


Kamil Haťapka (1932)

 Kamil Haťapka (1932)
I only agree with emigration, when one learns something abroad and returns home

Dissolution of the Czechoslovak Federal Republic

“As soon as we voted for it the second time, (voting for the CSFR dissolution, note ed.) then at the foyer of the National Assembly there was a big table with mineral water. Klaus went down, along with Mečiar, the originator of it all, and he stood opposite to me. I called the SNS members and told them: 'Listen well what I tell him (Klaus) now.' And so I said: 'Mr. Prime Minister, please, let me propose you honorary membership in the Slovak National Party.' He was completely surprised and asked me: 'Why?' I replied: 'Because you helped us to fulfill our election program.' And then all of us members went to sing the song Hey, Slovaks under the bust of General Štefánik.”

  • born on March 3, 1932 in Spišská Nová Ves
  • graduated from Technical Secondary School of Exact Mechanics and Optics in Přerov
  • pursued cycling since the age of 15
  • in 1961 he founded a Czechoslovak cycling club Inter Slovnaft Bratislava
  • as a coach of the Czechoslovak cycling representation he earned two silver medals in World Championships of Leicester in 1970 and Giavera del Montello in 1985
  • was a head of the Slovak Cycling Federation as well as a director of popular cycling race Tour of Slovakia
  • in 1992 he was appointed a Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Committee of the Chamber of Nations of the Federal Assembly of the Czechoslovak Federal Republic
  • in 1994 he became a member of the National Council of the SR within the Slovak National Party (SNS), he also held a function of chairman of the committee for education, science, culture and sport, and he was the main councilor for the public affairs of the President's Office of the SR
  • in 1996 he joined the diplomatic services and became a councilor of the Slovak Ambassador in Mexico
  • in years 2008 – 2010 he also featured as a member of the Board of Supervisors of the Slovak Olympic Committee
  • lives in Bratislava
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