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Martin Budáč (1931) - Biography

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Our bunker was in a haystack. The bullets were straying and whistling around, but none of us got hurt

Martin Budáč was born on February 22, 1931 in Červeň (today a part of the village Breznička). From 1938 he attended elementary school in Kalinovo and Hrabovo. He wasn't able to continue studying at middle school, since after the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising, the school was taken over by partisans and closed. During the Christmas of 1944 until the January 12, 1945, his family had to provide lodging for German commanders. As soon as they left, the Soviet soldiers came and stayed at their house for a change. During the years 1950 - 1952 Martin completed the compulsory military service. After his return home, he started working as a farmer and had to deliver mandatory quotas (contingents) to the Join Agricultural Cooperative (JRD). Finally, in 1960 his father was forced to sign surrendering his fields to the JRD. Martin passed his tractor driving license and until 1985 he worked as a tractor driver. Since 1990 he has been retired and lives in Červeň with his wife, in his parent's home. He is the last living citizen of Breznička, who remembers times of the Second World War and events of the Slovak National Uprising.

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