Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Hanna Ramras - January 26, 2008

Returning to Slovakia II

We needed a...

A visa.

A visa, that's right. Uh, got that visa and we traveled--went to England first and then from England went to Vienna and from Vienna to Bratislava was a train or a bus and I was riding across the front here. You suddenly--there was the Communists and they do their thing--same--with same act everywhere because my brother and sister-in-law went to the Ukraine and they also look at your passport, take it away, come back, take look at you, see if this is you--is it really you. Finally we were allowed into, into Slovakia--into Bratislava by bus and there were few Jewish families there. There was a lady there who took us to the cemetery. And uh, there was a man who had worked there since before the war and he knew exactly where the graves were. And uh, he had been notified by my cousins that we were coming and that we were looking for this determined--this, this grave is Isidor Stern who died in 1932 and his name was Hutchko and this Hutchko that was there in charge of the cemetery took me up the hill and said, "It's the fifth grave from the end."

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