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M.Eng. Zuzana Bartová, rod. Špitzerová (1934)

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M.Eng. Zuzana Bartová, rod. Špitzerová (1934)
The noble profession saved their lives

Her classmate told her off

“One of my friends, or better, classmates, I don't even know from what reason, told me off and called me a dirty Jew. However, I slapped her. She didn't protest, moreover, she even asked me for forgiveness…”

  • born in Žilina on January 8, 1934
  • when Hitler took over, Zuzana's parents decided not to have any more children
  • during the war she attended elementary school near cloister of Vincentines in Žilina
  • from February 2 until the April 30, 1945 Zuzana and her mother were hiding in Gajdošík family
  • in spring 1945, mother's brother was shot down in Auschwitz during his attempt to escape; her grandparents most probably died on their way to concentration camp in 1944
  • April 30, 1945 – Žilina was liberated as one of the last cities of Slovakia and the family returned to their home, which was occupied by Germans during the war
  • 1970 her husband was fired from the Department of Marxism and Leninism due to personal evaluations of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
  • 2016 Zuzana's husband passed away
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