Working on a bridge in Kozarovce

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kozarovce
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Independet State of Slovakia
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This picture was taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1945 during the repairs of a bridge in Kozarovce, where my cousin Karol Kürti was working as a structural engineer. Karol was the leader of our group when we were in hiding in the mountains during the Holocaust. Despite the fact that he was the youngest man in the group, his leadership abilities were very evident. He was a fantastic, non-confrontational person whom everyone liked.

Karol met a tragic end on this bridge, in June 1945. No one ever found out how it happened. Some say that someone stepped on a mine and Karol was nearby. Others say that it was an attempt to assassinate the manager of the company that was doing the reconstruction.

Interview details

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

KEY 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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