Advertisement of a Reward for the Apprehension of the Organizers of the Slovak Nationalist Movement


Presented here is an advertisement, issued by the local Hungarian authorities, calling for the arrest of the leaders of the Slovak uprising of 1848‒49, Ľudovít Štúr (1815‒56), Michal Miloslav Hodža (1811‒70), and Jozef Miloslav Hurban (1817‒88). The advertising bill is in three languages, Hungarian, German, and Slovak. It contains descriptions of the three wanted men and announces a 100-forint reward for their apprehension. Slovakia was at this time part of Hungary, which in turn was part of Austria-Hungary. When the revolution of 1848 broke out in Hungary, leaders of the Slovak minority issued their “Petition of the Slovak Nation” calling for national and individual rights. The revolutionary Hungarian government of Lajos Kossuth declined to grant the Slovaks minority rights, which prompted the Slovak National Council under Hurban, Štúr, and Hodža to declare national independence on September 19, 1848. The uprising was suppressed by the Hungarian authorities, but Hurban, Štúr, and Hodža became national heroes.

Last updated: March 3, 2016