Angela Bajnoková

* 1928  

  • “My father's name was Roman Jankevič and he was born in Vilnius. He lived in Charbina, when he met my mother. At first he left to Rome, where he got malaria. However, after he was healed from malaria, he was sent to Prešov, since they supposed it was similar climate to what he was used to. There in Prešov, as a student of theology he used to go skating and that's how he met my mom. Thus before he was ordained a Greek Catholic priest, they got married together in 1927.”

  • “My husband studied at the Chemical Faculty at the university, when one very smart student, a young girl, told on him that he dated a priest's daughter. He was a very good student. He used to come down from school to meet me, since I lived at the last but one bus stop behind the military barracks. There I lived in lodgings. He had such a smart schoolmate, with whom they studied together and passed one exam after another, even despite the professor's high demands. He was great in passing everything; however, one girl told on him that he dated a priest's daughter. So he was dismissed from school – not immediately, but when he came to enroll to the third year, they simply said: 'We cannot take you.' No one explained anything.”

  • “Sometimes I went with my mom, but once I went with my father from Prešov to Kobylnice. They would always take me to Prešov and once we were standing outside, near the Greek Catholic church, when my father met a man. It was probably some teacher or a schoolmate from Prešov, where he studied after coming back from Rome, after being sick on malaria. They debated together and I was observing other people just like a person that has nothing to do. Suddenly, a lady approached us, from the middle of nowhere, I kind of stared at her, my dad and his friend were talking together, and she told my father: 'You shall die like a martyr!' So abruptly she said that; we have never ever seen that woman before. I was such a little girl back then and I thought to myself: 'How can this woman know that?' And that's exactly, what had happened.”

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Trying to live and act well, not to harm anyone

Portrait of Angela Bajnokova in 1949
Portrait of Angela Bajnokova in 1949
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Angela Bajnoková was born on October 29, 1928 in the village of Valaškovce in Humenné district. Her father Roman Jankevič, native of Vilnius, worked there as a local Greek Catholic priest. Due to her father’s occupation, Angela as a child had to move for several times. The first six years she spent in her native village, but later she lived in Humenné and Kobylnice. During the Second World War she studied and lived at the dormitory in Prešov, where only few hours separated her from being an eyewitness of the city bombing on December 20, 1944. For a while she was evacuated with her family in Sása at Central Slovakia. After the war they moved to Turiec region and lived in Príbovce and Kláštor pod Znievom.  There Angela finished her grammar school studies and met her future husband Jozef. She worked at the Ministry of Education in Bratislava and at the Regional National Committee in Žilina. In 1950 she got married and shortly after, their two children were born. At the same year was her father after the communist “Operation P” suspended from his priesthood and became a civilian worker. He was a tractor driver, when in 1951 during his work shift a co-worker attacked him. Roman Jankevič died after the tractor accident. Until today, the cause of his death remained uninvestigated. Later on, Angela worked as a wages clerk in J. V. Stalin Factory in Martin and after moving to Banská Bystrica, she was employed also at the local Faculty of Education. In the mid 1980s she retired and in 2000 her husband died. Until present, Angela Bajnoková lives in Banská Bystrica.