Memory of Nation


Vincent Dorník (1929)

 Vincent Dorník (1929)
Life can change our journey, but not our goals

Memory of execution of eight Lúčky citizens

“The front stopped in Liptovský Mikuláš. Here lived the German reservists, but we somehow used to get along with them quite well. However, once they were carrying wood from the valley and someone started shooting on those Germans. Thus they led a raid into the valley. People used to say it was the forester chief who led them. Since people listened to Radio London and heard the front was near Liptovský Mikuláš, one group went down to valley to last out the front´s crossing. Unfortunately, the German raid, provoked by the gunshot, captured and sentenced them. They shot them all down and threw them into Váh. I think there were eight of those who laid down their lives like that.”

  • born on April 29, 1929 in the village of Lúčky
  • attended elementary school in Lúčky, later the Grammar School of Andrej Hlinka in Ružomberok
  • 1948 he enrolled at a study into theological seminary in Spišská Kapitula
  • after the state´s intervention against churches, he was forced to leave his studies
  • 1950 he was called to join the correctional military service in Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP)
  • three years of his military service he spent working very hard in mines
  • 1953 he was released to civilian life
  • as a civil employee he worked at the District Construction Company of Ružomberok
  • 1964 – 1968 he finished theological studies at the Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology of Cyril and Methodius in Bratislava
  • in later years he worked as a priest in parishes of Veľké Borové, Chmeľnica, Lisková, and Malatiná
  • in the present he performs spiritual ministry as retired priest in his native village of Lúčky
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