Malvin Kürti cooking

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

This photo is from the Turiec region, near the village of Motycky, where we were in hiding. It was taken in March 1945 and shows my aunt, Malvin Kürti. Her son and my cousin Karol Kürti was the leader of our group.

In the mountains, even everyday trifles were hard to perform. In the first place, we had to have heat. We looked for trees that were already falling apart, and thus well dried out. We had tools like saws and axes. Once by one of these fallen trees we found a box with alcoholic beverages. That day everyone got a shot of alcohol. What a treat that was! Going to the toilet was complicated as well. One C was built, not a WC, but a C. A sidewalk led up to it, on which a ramp was built. Whoever went up would close it. That meant that it was occupied. Of course tracks were erased after everyone.

On a side path we built three walls of snow, on which we’d pour water overnight. The walls froze, and thus a women’s and men’s washroom was made. That was very important, because most people that were living in the mountains were infested with lice. We didn’t allow even one louse. We heated snow and washed. Once a week everyone had to wash with warm water. We had two wash basins. Everyone had his own toothbrush, that was part of the plan when we were leaving for the mountains. Everyone had to brush their teeth. There was an exact program of what people had to do. Doing laundry was also one of the very difficult tasks. We’d heat water. My mother would wash the laundry, and I go to the creek to rinse it. Domin Ruzicka would go with me, with a rifle. We’d push aside the snow, cut a hole in the ice, and that’s where I’d rinse. My hands were so frozen that they were purple.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Malvin Kürti
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Slanica
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
City of death:
Banska Bystrica
Country of death:
Czechoslovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Duschnitz
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1900

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