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The Newburgh, St. Clair and Collinwood neighborhoods formed the core of Greater Cleveland's enormous Slovenian population, still the largest in America. The city's Slovenian heritage is replete with gripping tales of World War II prison camp escapes and bizarre bank robbers who threatened the St. Clair Savings institution. The catastrophic East Ohio Gas explosion and tragic Collinwood school fire are etched into local consciousness. The rise of neighborhood residents to professional sports stardom and national political prominence contribute to a proud legacy. And the century-old "Cleveland style" Slovenian polka remains an important cultural expression. Author Alan Dutka offers the first comprehensive history of the struggles and triumphs of Cleveland's Slovenians.
About the Author
Alan Dutka has published four marketing research books and six Cleveland history books. He is a popular speaker at historical societies, libraries, community centers and the Music Box Supper Club. He has appeared on the Feagler & Friends, Applause and 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell television programs, as well as radio programs such as Dee Perry's Around Noon and Jacqueline Gerber's morning program. He has been interviewed for PBS, the Lorain Morning Journal and France 24 Television.