A man can be worse than an animal
Viliam Záhora was born on January 25, 1930 in Bziny near Dolný Kubín. He attended the elementary school in his native village and during the summer holidays he used to work in the field. He studied and successfully graduated at grammar school in Dolný Kubín. He witnessed the beginnings of persecution of the Catholic Church and the communist Catholic Action in Orava region. When being a novice of the Society of the Divine Word in Zobor monastery he was struck by the so-called Barbarian Night on April 13 - 14, 1950. He was taken to Kostolná near Trenčín and for half a year he worked on building the Youth Dam. On September 18, 1950 he had to enlist in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP) where he spent almost four years in Libavá, Plzeň, Přerov, and Orlová. After the return into civilian life he worked in foundry factory in Mokraď and besides his job he studied at High School of Industrial Engineering in Ružomberok. Several years he lived in Dubnica nad Váhom, where he also worked in Heavy Machinery Works (ZŤS). Later he returned back to Orava, got employed as a locksmith and as a safety officer in Istebné and Široká. He is married and lives retired in Bziny with his wife Margita.