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Re: Janos Marga Kollar, Pennsylvania ca 1912
Posted by: Lynn Summers Date: October 17, 2001 at 07:26:33
In Reply to: Re: Janos Marga Kollar, Pennsylvania ca 1912 by Laurie of 35

I can tell you with absolute certainty that the Janos Kollar you are researching is not the same Jan Kollar who wrote "Daughter of Slovakia." Now it could be that there's another Jan Kollar who was also a minister and poet.....but definitely not the historical figure and, to my knowledge, he never married nor had children. It's not easy researching any J Kollar - there are so many of them. [Yes, they are in my family, too.] If you need any info, contact me directly at

What is the Kollar Club? How can I get info?

Until then, here's some background on the J Kollar I speak of:

The latter was born on July 29, 1793, Mosovce, Slovakia, and died on Jan. 24, 1852, in Vienna, Austria. He was a Slovak poet who played an important part in the national and literary revival of the Slavs in the early 19th century.

Kollįr was educated at the University of Jena [Postadresse: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena 7740 Jena] and served as pastor to the Slovak community in Pest (now Budapest) from 1819 to 1849. The last three years of his life were spent in Vienna as professor of Slavonic archaeology. While a student at Jena, Kollįr came to recognize the extent of the German inroads on what had once been Slavonic territory, and he witnessed the Germans' endeavours to attain national unity and political freedom. He devoted the rest of his life to the encouragement of cultural unity among the Slavonic peoples, notably in the lyric-epic poem Slįvy dcera ("The Daughter of Slįva"). In an influential essay of 1837 Kollįr advocated literary cooperation among Slavonic peoples.


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