Valika daily walked fourteen kilometers in snow just to bring us food; behind her belt she always carried revolver
Pavel Eli Vago was born on May 14, 1930 in a small village of Bytčica near Žilina. When he was a twelve-year-old boy, during the times of transports to concentration camps from Slovakia, he was hiding in mountains with his older sister. After several months they were bewrayed by members of the local police. They spent few days in jail of the police station, but after all, the investigator released them. They both returned home and lived with their grandfather in Vrútky. It didn’t last long, and as children of Jewish origin, they were deported to concentration camp in Sereď. There they met with their father. All three of them stayed in Sereď until the outbreak of the Slovak National Uprising, when they left to the insurgent territory in Banská Bystrica. After the Uprising was crushed, they retreated with insurgents and partisans into the mountains, where they spent the whole winter of 1944/1945. They lived to see the liberation in a small village of Hrončok in Central Slovakia. Due to atrocities of the war he had to face, he didn’t want to live in Slovakia anymore and decided to emigrate to the back then newly founding state of Israel. Today he lives retired in Tel Aviv.