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Ján Haščák (1927) - Biography


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One couldn't do anything about that, he just had to adjust; there was no other way out

Ján Haščák was born on June 2, 1927 in the village of Vislanka near Stará Ľubovňa. He came from a big family - having nine siblings. When he was eleven, he ran away from home because of his tyrannical father. He pretended to be an orphan and during the Second World War he served at different farmers', mostly as a shepherd. In 1946 he got to Ukraine, where he was interrogated and sentenced to 16 months in gulag. In years 1950 - 1952 he was ordered to enlist into the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP) to work in coal mines of Litvínov and Břežánka near Bílina. Between 1952 - 1957 he worked in uranium mines of Horný Slavkov. Since 1958 he has been living in Martin. He retired in 1987.

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