A car was worth something. A person, no, but a car, that was something, because that was the only thing we could make use of.
Juraj Janko was born on the 13th of December 1921 in eastern Slovakia, in the village of Čukalovce. He was prevented from starting business school in Subcarpathian Rus by the onset of World War Two. He attempted to hide from the war in the Tatra Mountains, but he was caught after three weeks and, after some interrogation, sent to East Front in a German uniform. There he served as a driver. He subsequently managed to run over to the Soviet side. He served in the Red Army for some time, and was then transferred to the Czechoslovak units in Buzuluk. There he was chosen for paratrooper training. He completed eighteen drops throughout the war. He also served as a driver, and later as the commander of a supply convoy. He took part in the fighting at Dukla and in the liberation of Czechoslovakia. After the war he left the army, in 1946 he started his own freight company, which was confiscated after February 1948. He was persecuted further - spending two years and four months in Communist prisons.