The sons of Mr. F.'s saviors

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bratislava
    Year when photo was taken:
    1949
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This is a picture of the three Pagac brothers. The photo was taken in front of their family home in Podunajske Biskupice. Today this town is part of Bratislava. Standing on the left is the oldest, Karol, in the middle the youngest member of the family, Lacko, and on the right is Tibor.

The Pagac family rented a two-and-a-half-room house. The husband and wife, three sons and an 80-year-old granny lived in one and a half rooms and the kitchen. The second, large room belonged to the owner of the house, and was locked. The lady that owned the house was abroad for an extended period. Mr. Pagac was a jack of all trades. He was a driver, a locksmith, he could repair and manufacture machines. Mrs. Pagacova was a very kind woman. She was from Budapest. The oldest of the sons was named Karol, then there was Tibor, and the youngest was Lacko [Ladislav]. They accepted me as their fourth son, except that no one could know, see, or hear anything about me. This principle became law, and was strictly adhered to. At that time the youngest, Lacko, was only about 3 years old. His words are unforgettable to me. Instead of airplane he used the word angidádo, and his other words were "tüjn el" [Hungarian: get lost, disappear]. Always, when there was someone nearby, he shouted to me: "Tüjn el!"

Interview details

Interviewee: Henrich F.
Interviewer:
Martin Flekenstein
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Karol Pagac
Decade of birth:
1920
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-38

Other Person

Tibor Pagac
Decade of birth:
1920
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-38

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