Until death I shall bear a remark of communism on my own body
Ladislav Zošák was born on August 28, 1929 in Slávikovo (today Orávka). After the Vienna Award had been declared, he and his family were evicted from their home and due to an incident with a Hungarian soldier, Ladislav’s mother died. The period of the Slovak State he spent with his siblings in Martin, where he witnessed events of that time related to the Slovak National Uprising. In 1945 he returned to Slávikovo, where he became a strong opponent of the communist collectivization of agriculture and of surrendering the family property to the joint agricultural cooperative (JRD). This was the reason why he had to enlist in the penal military service in Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP) to mines of Tlučná. There he had to manually work very hard on coal mining for almost three years. Unfortunately, he severely injured his hand that it had been permanently damaged. After returning in 1953 he left Slávikovo and moved to Likavka. He spent most of his working life as a construction worker in the state enterprise Doprastav Ružomberok. Since 1989 he has been living retired in Likavka.