The commander woke us up, “Don’t let ‘Fritz’ capture you!”
The life story of Dominik Praženica shows inhumanity and horrors of the war in many different forms. As a native of Liptovské Revúce, Dominik grew up in a family with father, who as a young boy lost his eye due to playing with lost ammunition. After he definitely lost his sight, Dominik had to replace his role of the family breadwinner. When he was 14, he already worked in the woods. During the Second World War he had to enlist in the compulsory military service. After the deployment of troops, he returned home and a bit later he joined the Slovak National Uprising. Along with other co-soldiers he spent almost half a year in the woods of lower Liptov region and his life was directly endangered several times. He lived to see the liberation in the mountains, however, he had to complete his shortened military service in times of peace. As a sapper he worked on clearing the fields of mines under Dukla, when he was also in imminent danger of death. After the war he worked in Ostrava mines, but he suffered a severe injury and had to return home to his home village. There he got married and worked as a forest worker until his retirement.