As I have already mentioned last year I had just retired and the nagging question as to where my ancestors came from began to manifest itself once again. I had time on my hands to reflect on this matter. With the coaxing of Valentina I decided this was the time to do it. How I was to do it that was another problem. I knew my father’s village’s name was Male Levare from Slovakia. The only idea which came to me was to call to Slovak Embassy in Ottava, it was a long shot, maybe they could connect me with someone in that village who knew of my father or grandparents. I was lucky. After a while we received the answer from Council General Ivan Chomo who sent us a list of names and home telephone numbers of people with the same family name as mine (Holly-Holla). We made some calls on this list and connected with somebody who spoke Russian to Valentina. We promised to send a letter and a photo of my father Viktor Holly who emigrated to Canada in 1927. The rest is history because on August 24, 2009 just after our Mediterranean cruise we took a train from Venice to Wien and luckily we were met by the members of Holly and Cervenka families. This is this photo to the left where my father Viktor in approximately 1935 in Montreal, Quebec. The same copy of this photo was shown to us in Male Levare personally by Aljos Holly, my cousin, who kept it as a treasure along with many other photos for many years. His father Jan was my father’s brother. Together with the whole family we went to the ancestral Church (which was built in 1634) situated across my family home. My father told me many beautiful stories about it. The photo is to the right.
That evening we also visited the old cemetery where are my family members are buried. It was a moving moment as here lay all my relatives, grandparents, aunts and uncles as well as probably great grand parents. We said prayers at each grave, there were candles lit that means their memories live on. The memories of them will always remain until we are alive who remember them. Eternal memory to them who are asleep in the Lord!
One can see the photo family gallery from the past.