Memory of Nation


M.D. Ján Hanák (1935)

M.D. Ján Hanák (1935)
Those two years cannot prevail eighty happy years

Potato skins in Sereď

“The most powerful impression of all I have in me was hunger. We were still hungry. During one of the line ups I noticed there was a canteen nearby. Some prisoners were peeling potatoes and one of them went to a trash can and threw out the skins. When they were done, I went to this trash can and took out the skins. I brought them to our barrack; there were about fifty or even sixty of us. My brother and I washed the potato skins and baked them on a little stove we had there. It was about seventy years ago, whole seventy years, but until today, anytime I am in a restaurant, where a waitress comes and brings a menu… There are listed five soups, dumplings, sausages, fish or poultry meals, pancakes or I don´t know what else, I keep looking at the menu, although my mind is still in Sereď, in the trash can, and on the little stove, where the best meal ever was baked – the potato skins.”

  • born on October 2, 1935 in Žilina
  • 1941 began attending elementary school in Žilina
  • the end of year 1944 until May 1945 he and his brother spent in Sereď and Theresienstadt concentration camps
  • 1947 – 1951 studied at middle school in Žilina
  • 1951 – 1952 continued at the Secondary Vocational School of Electrical Engineering in Žilina and Rajec
  • 1956 – graduated at a Higher Technical School of Mechanical Engineering in Kysucké Nové Mesto
  • completed the attendance military service as a member of the parachute unit in Prešov
  • 1959 – 1965 studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the Comenius University in Bratislava
  • 1965 – 1987 worked as a surgeon in Žilina and Bytča hospitals
  • 1987 – 2010 was an advisory doctor for the Social Insurance Company in Žilina
  • retired in 2010
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