Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Boros - February 11, 1983


These were people from the police station.

Come on! It was his doing. He arranged it. And since she run away, they did not uh, that much. No, the Slovaks are not too bright people. Anyway, I don't think that they suspected that she would have the guts to go back to the same place. That was the reason they didn't even come. So he said that he intercepted them or whatever and they said he doesn't know and it was never--I didn't--nobody believed him. They never, ever came. They didn't dare coming into the village, the guards, because they knew that the whole village, they would just kill them. There were all--the thing is that to know even here in the states a smallest city, everybody knows everybody. Everybody knows where you belong and what your connections are. So people, it's very open. And I think all those people more or less--if they didn't know cognitively, they knew it just somehow that this is not right. So they just left us alone. They left everybody alone. And uh, that was our luck. Then we had to be transferred to a second other--second village which was even smaller. The one village consisted of one long street, that was the village. And that was better for us because those people were more peaceful and they were really--also they were not Catholic. There is a great difference. The Catholic Hlinka was a uh, priest and he was the uh, you know, it was--it had something to do with their uh, backward. Historical background of the Slavs that he went back so far and that uh, all this missionaristic uh, stories that Catholicism made them be you know, unite and so on and the poor, poor Catholic nationalistic. That was the big catch. And that--these people were evangelistic, evangelic, which is uh, Protestant. It was a completely different set up. They were much more peaceful, not--they didn't want them. Completely opposed to the, to the church. So that was why we went there. It was, the whole village consisted of them. Uh, they--it was such a small village there wasn't even a church and that's something. Also they were terribly poor. So uh, the--for awhile the guy kept us inside. Then it wasn't possible. He couldn't take it anymore. And my sister especially, she didn't even go to the bathroom. So she had to use, to use a pail. And I had to--it was unbelievable. So finally he brought some uh, broken down house which was a halfway... I mean it was a ruin--half ruined house and he set up his laboratory there. So uh, in a way, part of it was a laboratory and the other room was the room that he assigned to us and we hid there, including my brother.

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