While being in Slovakia, Michal Korhel also travelled to Handlová (Krickerhau), a town in the so called Hauerland region in central Slovakia. It is one of the three major German language islands in Slovakia. Nowadays, however, only few Carpathian Germans live there. Michal looked there for traces of German heritage, visited the local ethnographic museum of Carpathian Germans’ culture and conducted first interviews with resettlers, who came to the town after WWII.

Photos by Michal Korhel: so called German stone houses typical for Handlová