Memory of Nation


Matej Valocký (1925)

 Matej Valocký (1925)
So that you lived better life than we did

Joining the Slovak National Uprising

“I was born on February 18, 1925 in Belá. I come from a big family of ten children, whereas I was the eldest. We were four brothers and six girls. After the elementary school, until March 1944 I was apprenticed in a car repair shop in Martin. I worked in this company until the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising on August 28. There was a general mobilization declared in Martin, so all six employees enlisted into the Martin military barracks. The boss lent me a motorcycle to go to Belá and tell my father I was joining the Uprising. And the father agreed.”

  • born on February 18, 1925 in Belá
  • since 1941 he was apprenticed in a car repair shop in Martin, where partisans got their cars repaired
  • on August 28, 1944 after declaring the general mobilization, he along with all members of the shop joined the army, siding with the Slovak National Uprising
  • marching through the mountains and fighting the German troops
  • as a prisoner of war he was taken to German labor camps Altengrabow, Stalag 11 A, and Weidenberg
  • after being liberated and coming back to Slovakia he returned to work at the car repair shop in Martin
  • since 1948 he lives with his wife in Košťany nad Turcom; they have one son and two daughters
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