Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Boros - February 11, 1983


It's--I'm saying that it's beginning because uh, the importance of the date is that at the end of September I think was Yom Kippur, Erev Yom Kippur my parents were sent away. They were deported for good. Uh, why I say all this is that the inter... since you ask me, and I'm interviewed and you want to know my faith. We were there, this--the widow was the mother of the people that took me in. They lived in Bratislava, but she lived outside of Bratislava, which was uh, I don't remember the name of the place. I cannot remember. It was, you know... And uh, we lived there the two girls. We were from school, school friends. Actually she's here in the States. And uh, at a certain day uh, these people came back from Bratislava and said that I have to leave. I have to leave. Not Edy Guta who was my friend who didn't she--I have to leave because the Germans took my parents and there won't be anyone to pay for my stay. It was all done for money, of course. So uh, I took--she took my things, she said, I will suggest you don't take your uh, all your things because it will be very suspicious. So I said, "Fine I will leave it here." She says, "Very well." So I left with a coat and with any, with nothing. And I went to Bratislava. And I went to the place where I thought my sister is hiding. The problem only was that she wasn't there anymore because these people did the same thing to her a few days ago. And uh, she--I don't know where she was. She wasn't there. Nobody was home. So there I was--how old was I, twelve? I was twelve years old. Not yet twelve. I just couldn't imagine what else I can do. There was one more possibility, which was in walking distance because I didn't have a penny at all. I didn't have one drop of money. It was walking distance because outside of Bratislava and the walking uh, would have been about six miles. And I could have done it, I did it before when I didn't have to. But it was a walk. I didn't do it alone then. I could have done it. It would have been awfully suspicious that there is young kid is walking in the middle of the--of September. It was cold, it was very cold then. Uh, to walk. I could have done it. That was the last possibility. And the very last was that I just go and say, go to the Nazi or whatever to the police and say, here I am. But that was not--I wasn't yet at this point. I went to look for my sister and then I went to that uh, gentleman that had the money. Okay, so you go where the money is. And I, I went in and my sister was there. It was by chance. And uh, at this point his son arrived for some reason and he said, "Oh you don't have where to go, I will take care of you."

The Nazi son?

The Nazi man. So it was that, since the older man was there, he said, how will you take care of them? He said, "Since my wife and child are living outside of Bratislava because of the bombardment that went on and uh, to save them uh, I will take them there and they will just hide in my house." It wasn't a house, it was a rented house, a peasant house. Fine, so. It was an absurd situation because the whole place was as big as this. And that was for the two of us and the three of them. No bathroom, no kitchen, no nothing. So anyway, we went and we were happy to have that. And we still--my brother was still at those people, the original place, thank God. So uh, I didn't have an idea where he is. I didn't even know that he is. That only my sister. So we went there, which was uh, if you want me to write it down, it is Nitrianska Streda.

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