Around 130 years ago, a young man left his home in Slovakia in search of a better life in Britain. On the eve of EU accession, his great-grandson returned to the birthplace of his ancestors. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.