Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Boros - February 11, 1983

Reunited with Brother


So we go with my brother and he, they were with these people. And their name is Fux, F-u-x.

This is the other Jewish family?

It's another Jewish family, yeah. [pause] My brother was brought there, he was there. And uh, we all did like if we don't know each other. Everybody knew everything but... Now uh, if the peasants in the village... I, I was moving freely. I was moving like nothing happened. They let me go out and I did everything and I just--of course, I have now like a little--but they were good to me, they fed me. I, I was fine. Uh, the peasants were awfully nice to us because they were all on the other side of the coin. Most of the village--this village and the neighboring village they had sons in the army, in the Slovak Army that were deserters. They knew what's going on. It was '44, it was almost '45 by then. Everybody knew what the situation was on the fronts of the Germans. They knew that the Germans are, are retreating. They knew what's happening in Germany, in Russia, in, in--on the Italian front. And so they knew it. It was obvious that things are starting to be serious. So all the village uh, people were sent up to the partisans. Uh, Czechoslovakia is a very wooded country. Uh, and hilly and woody, wooded, and it was teeming with Russians and partisans. That's by the way--now when Cato, my sister came back--run away, she had to come back there. Okay, where else could she go? There was absolutely no other way to do it. He said, "My God, you came out, I have to take you to the partisans." That's how his reaction was. We knew that either he's going to shoot us himself, he will take us to the partisans or uh, something will happen. So he said, "Okay, we have to go immediately before they come uh, running after you. They will come straight to my house." And he took my brother, so we went, picked up my brother and took the three of us, we went up into the hills, into the mountains. And we were going there for several hours, walking. Uh, that was in the winter. It was--must have been December or so. It was winter, the weather was this way. But maybe not this cold now, but it was snow covered, everything was just winter. And uh, the--we were walking in front of him, he kept himself behind us. And we knew it was you know, when you are, you know that the car behind you uh, cannot stop immediately and your hair is bristling. That's how we felt. This whole time, several hours. So finally he couldn't decide to do it himself. He said, he did like if it's just fine, we are running away. And we couldn't find the partisans because they don't come when you want it. And it was not night, it was evening, it was afternoon. It was actually light, it wasn't evening. So finally he got tired and he said, you know what, "Let's go back. Just go back. What happens, happens." He couldn't bring himself to cut, to shoot us. So then we knew it's okay, so he decided--nobody came to look for us ever.

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