If Priechod had been burnt down, the whole resistance would have been over
Dominik Slobodník was born on August 29, 1932 in Priechod. His parents, as the majority of villagers back then, had a small farmstead. However, as his father wanted to earn some extra money, he also worked in a well-known diary called Wittmann producing “bryndza” cheese in Zvolen. The whole village as well as the Slobodník family went through the war period very peacefully. However, everything changed after the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising in August 1944. After the retreat of rebels into the mountains, partisans settled in Priechod and they often forced villagers to supply them with various things. As the German troops wanted to eliminate such supplies, they burned down the village in February 1945 and transported men from the village to internment camps. Fortunately, Dominic’s father managed to escape, so the family didn’t incur health injuries, though their house and farmstead were completely ruined.