Pavel Eli Vago and his sister hid for months as small children in the Slovak mountains, to escape deportation to a concentration camp. The two children were separated from their parents, not knowing where they were hiding.
He survived the Holocaust as a little boy and decided to emigrate to Israel after the war. He returned to Slovakia only after the Velvet Revolution, so that he could meet his rescuers – the Vaculčiakov family. To this day, he says that they were real heroes.
The Post Bellum civic association, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to gathering stories of people who were oppressed under totalitarian regimes, has taken the story of Eli Vago and turned it into a memorial. At the end of August, participants will be able to follow a path across Slovakia, tracing the steps of Vago and his sister’s journey.