Veronika Kosikova with her parents

This is a picture of me and my parents, Alexander Reitman and Alica Reitmanova, nee Wassermanova. It was taken in Zlate Moravce in 1944. I think my parents already knew that the situation was getting very serious and they wanted to have our picture taken. I don’t know the address where we lived then.

My parents came from the same region. My father was born in Slepcany, my mother in Dolne Slazany. They said my father had to jump over the stream to meet my mother. My parents married in May 1937 and they lived in Zlate Moravce, where my father had his wholesale company, along with his father and brothers. They weren't Orthodox Jews.

I was the only child in our family. I was born on 18th February 1940 in Zlate Moravce. My memories of this region are very vague because I only lived there for a few years because of the war.