Karol and Vojtech Kürti chopping wood

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  • Photo taken in:
    near Motycky
    Year when photo was taken:
    1944
    Country name at time of photo:
    Independet State of Slovakia
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This photo is from the Turiec region, near the village of Motycky, where we were in hiding. It was taken at the beginning of 1945, and shows the brothers Karol (at left) and Vojtech Kürti chopping wood.

The younger of the Kürti brothers, Karol, was in charge of our group. We were relatively well armed. We had guns and ammunition. In the meantime, we had to leave the lumberjacks’ cabin. We ended up under the open sky. But we needed to live somewhere. Well, and because our group was all builders, engineers, we began to build. There was a very steep rise there, so that’s where we decided to build. We made L-shaped trenches. It was raining buckets. Great attention was paid to everything. Trees were cut right above the ground. Nothing could be allowed to betray us. Each mistake could cost us our lives. From the trees we built temporary scaffolding. We also made tent sections with which we covered the scaffolding. There we spent the first night. We lay on branches we’d cut. At least it wasn’t raining on us anymore, but on the other hand the wind was blowing at us from all sides. We lived though it. In the morning we worked busily on.

After two or three days we already had a roof above our heads. The roof was made from a tarp and branches. Again nature helped us out. We stuck branches into the ground close to each other, which we then also crisscrossed together. November was approaching. It started being cold. We were constantly improving our dwelling. We even discovered a half-ruined cottage made of bricks. So we carried those bricks over and built ourselves a stove. At least we had something to warm ourselves by. Close by, about two kilometers away, we also had a source of drinking water. It was some sort of spring. We widened its channel. You can imagine how much we enjoyed carrying it.

Interview details

Interviewee: Heda Ambrova
Interviewer:
Martin Korcok
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2007
Piestany, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Vojtech Kürti
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Ruzomberok
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Banska Bystrica
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Technician/engineer
after WW II:
Technician/engineer

Other Person

Karol Kürti
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Ruzomberok
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Kozarovce
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Technician/engineer
after WW II:
Technician/engineer

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