„Well, I say I was born in bad times at the wrong place. As not long after that the Fascists started to go berserk in Europe and, unfortunately, also in Slovakia. And in Slovakia, I say it´s strange, that the Pope didn´t do anything against it because the president of Slovakia was a priest and he co-operated with the Germans. He even awarded them with medals when, for example, they crushed the Slovak National Uprising.“
„Of course, after the war this got worse. Well, one example: there was a doctor who treated children. All children not only the Jewish ones but also those not Jewish. And once they accused him ...there was a pogrom after the war and they accused him that he harmed the Christian children. Then, it became clear this was not true. He was a doctor and he was for everyone.“
„There were pogroms after the war. For example, I was invited to Bratislava for the congress of Slovak partisans. So, I am going to this congress of the Slovak partisans. But what happened: it got thwarted into a pogrom. Bratislava, after the war, anti-Jewish pogrom.“
Mikuláš Brőder was born on 26th July 1928 at Lučened into a Jewish family. Until 1942 he lived with his parents and one of the two brothers at Topoľčany. The family belonged to the local middle class and kept basic Jewish customs. In the summer 1942 they were deported to the Nováky work camp. After two years, the Brőders managed to get to Banská Bystrica and after the defeat of the Slovak National Uprising they ran to the mountains. On the way Mikuláš got lost. The parents were caught by the Germans and most probably shot at the Kremnička mass grave. Mikuláš joined the partisans and later, after they crossed the river Hron, the Red Army. As the youngest of the partisans, he also took part in fighting. After the February 1948 Communist coup, he left for Israel, since 1958 he lived in Prague. He has received a number of awards. Mikuláš Brőder died on February 22nd, 2022.