The Carpathian Mountains
From where I took this photo it is 5 kilometers to reach the top of that mountain, above the tree line. My father and Artur walked over 215 kilometers (125 miles) before they reached the town of Presow, Slovakia; where they took a train before getting off close to the Hungary border. Based on how I felt after reaching this peak, I have no idea how they traversed these mountains on foot over days of travel.
From the top of this mountain in southern Poland you can see the Ukraine and Slovakia. Dad and Artur had to slip past border guards when crossing into Slovakia. Fortunately, they eventually ran into a gang of Slovakian teens in a forest. The teens were planning their own uprising against the Germans, and guided the two tired and hungry Poles to Presow.
Author - Andrew Bajda
I've been working on writing the story of my father for two years, his adventures during WW2. I will retrace his steps and use this blog to share stories and images of the places that make up his fascinating story.