A Slovak in Carpathian Ruthenia
Marie Elšíková, née Válková, was born in 1929 in the village of Huta, which is located near Uzhhorod in Carpathian Ruthenia. She was a Slovak national just like the vast majority of people in her native village. In 1947 her family and most of the inhabitants of Huta re-emigrated to Czechoslovakia. The family then lived in Slovakia for half a year before moving to north Moravia. Together with several other Slovak families from Carpathian Ruthenia they were living there for two years in the now extinct village of Kamenná (Steingrund in German) in Rychlebské (Golden) Mountains. The village was destroyed after their departure in 1952. Marie Elšíková and her parents moved to nearby Skorošice where she now lives with her husband.