Old Boys SK Zilina

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  • Photo taken in:
    Strazov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1967
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This photograph shows the Old Boys SK Zilina soccer team. I (Jan Hanak) am the tallest one in the photo, the first on the right. The picture was taken in the town of Strazov in 1967.

When I was working, I wanted to realize my long-ago dream, to be a great athlete. Alas, I didn't succeed. I was basically an anti-talent, but I loved sports. In some sports I was even a member of the Zilina team. I played hockey, handball, athletics, soccer and tennis. My greatest successes were in tennis. I became regional champion. Aside from tennis, I was more or less a benchwarmer. In athletics I did long-distance running. To this day I don't know a more beautiful aroma than that of a sweaty hockey dressing room. As former soldiers, paratroopers, we also have our own club and we get together. We put on various events, including jumps, shooting and trips. I'm also a member of the Zilina Old Boys hockey and soccer team. We get together with the guys once a year to sit around and reminisce about old times.

I was usually a substitute; when someone dropped out of the main lineup I'd fill in for him. But I wanted to advance. When our older daughter was born, I said to myself that I'd try it with her. I began to study tennis coaching. I took many courses, both theory and practice.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jan Hanak
Zilina, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Jan Hanak
Year of birth:
1935
City of birth:
Zilina
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Herz
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Hiding Jewish

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