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  • Michael Mojher
    Aug 7, 2010
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      Since your story is so fascinating I will try to keep it in mind on my next trip to Slovakia. I am always passing through Spisska Nova Ves on my "Circle Tour" out and back to Presov.
      With the connections you have I would hope that someone in Slovakia might come up with something for you.
      As for the Pasztorek surname; the 1995 Census has 53 listing in 22 places. The top ten are shown. There seems to be a lot of them in Komarno County. Which I believe is southeast of Spisska Nova Ves.
      Priezvisko PASZTOREK sa na Slovensku v roku 1995 nachádzalo 53×, celkový pocet lokalít: 22, najcastejsie výskyty v lokalitách:
      IMEL, okr. KOMÁRNO - 9×;
      BRESTOVEC, okr. KOMÁRNO - 5×;
      SOKOLCE, okr. KOMÁRNO - 5×;
      MARTOVCE, okr. KOMÁRNO - 4×;
      DULOV DVOR (obec KOMÁRNO), okr. KOMÁRNO - 3×;
      NOVÉ ZÁMKY, okr. NOVÉ ZÁMKY - 3×;
      BÚC, okr. KOMÁRNO - 2×;
      JELKA, okr. GALANTA - 2×;

      From: tomfgurka
      Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 5:55 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [S-R] Amalia Gurkova

      Thanks Mike, I agree, perhaps they no longer exist. No, I can't
      afford a genealogist.

      And my friend in Spisska Nova Ves contacted the two Gurka families
      there, with no success. Also I wrote letters to Pasztoreks in surrounding
      villages, in Slovak, and one of them had his daughter E-mail me.

      One more happy thought. When Ruzena Gurkova died later in Kosice, Anna,
      in Brezovica, and other older people there, drove all the way down there for
      her funeral. She must have been well loved.

      Anyway, I've had five years of fun, and learned a lot of history along
      the way.

      Who knows, maybe someday I'll receive a surprise in the mail.


      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Michael Mojher
      Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 5:50 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Amalia Gurkova

      Thanks for your history. A fascinating story. Especially when you can follow
      it into modern times, 1940.
      It would seem with the amount of information that you have it would be
      possible to find out much more. If those times are anything like the
      present, there are very few newspapers in Slovakia. So don't expect them to
      be a source. I know that villages usually have a "Chronicle" where they
      write down major events that happen there. I would think that the murdering
      of the Gurko family would qualify. The confiscation during WW I is somewhat
      interesting. This was the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hungary was in
      total control of its own lands.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Austria_Hungary_ethnic.svg is a map of the
      ethnic groups in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When you look at Slovakia you
      will see a large German area that covers much of Spis county. The Russians
      Eastern Front never made it into Hungary so they would have not been the
      murderers of your family. And the Western Front was not even into Germany by
      much. It seems that the murderers must have been "local". Do you have the
      year of this tragedy?
      Collectivization began in Czechoslovakia in 1949 as part of the first
      "Five-Year Plan". I would investigate any census before then to see what
      your family holdings were.
      Since there was a sign that said "Here stood the Gurko House", one would
      think that it was of importance and there should be some thing written about
      I think that you might consider using a more permanent / local genealogist
      to do some investigating for you. In the course of my six trips to Slovakia
      I found going to the village and talking with the people provided
      information that cannot be found in the Archives.
      The 1995 Slovak Census had only one listing for Gurko. The online telephone
      directory had none. But there were 7 listing for Gurkova, which should be
      the female form of the name. The of which were in the village of Chmel'nica,
      across the river from Stara Lubovna. My ancestral village is about 8 miles
      from Chmel'nica. And Spisska Nova Ves on the other side of the mountains to
      the south. It appears that your Gurko family may no longer exist. Do you
      have any verification that it still does?

      From: tomfgurka
      Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2010 1:59 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS%40yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [S-R] Amalia Gurkova

      Mike, you asked for it. I will start from the beginning.

      It all began in the fall of 2001, when , at a family reunion, I received a
      copy of some information, that been obtained from people that are now all

      It stated that Amalia Moralevitz was "the second of 8 children" born to
      John Gurko and Maria Pasztorek." (I have since found on LDS records that
      there were four ahead of her).

      She was born in 1873, in IGLO, HUNGARY, which became Spisska Nova Ves.

      The family was originally from Austria, and spoke German.

      The Gurko family lived on a large farm, and was considered prosperous
      for the times. They had a total of 22 house servants and tenant field
      laborers. They also had farm animals, etc. etc. The farm was confiscated
      during WW1, and family living there were all killed. Only those who left
      the farm prior to the war were alive.

      Amalia came to the U.S. at sixteen, with an aunt, to visit friends.
      While here, the aunt broke a leg, and could not immediately return, so
      Amalia got a job, and eventually married. (buried in Cleveland, O. )

      I have asked who the Aunt was; also who the friends were that she
      visited. No one knows.

      I have pretty much figured out a few possibilities who she may have
      been, from names of aunts and uncles on LDS films?

      I paid the Levoca archives for a partial pedigree, going back to 1764
      (grand parents named HISSNAY, KACSURZSKY, HIRT, AND PFAFF)

      Three years ago, I heard of a letter written to Amalia from a place
      called BREZOVICA NAD TORYSA.. I E-mailed this info to my friend, who lives
      in Spisska N.V.. and she E-mailed me back that she called someone she knew
      in Brezovica, and found that the family had been there, but that "THEIR

      In the weeks that followed, that lady talked to many older people, whose
      parents or grandparents used to work for the Gurkas. (This Gurka vs Gurko
      thing has me puzzled,. They seem to be used interchangeably??)

      Since it was apparently Jozef Gurko? I sent an application to the
      PREZOV archives for his wedding document, that showed that he was indeed
      born in Spisska Nova Ves. (Also the birth year matched).

      Also, the lady who lived there (Anna), had Jozef Gurko's
      daughter,Ruzena, as a teacher in school in the 1940's (5th to 9th grades).

      Anna also was able to supply a photo of the family house, taken in
      1910, (Their Castle???)

      Last summer I hired Vladi to get me close-ups of Jozef Gurko's
      tombstone, also the REMAINS OF THE FAMILY HOUSE. He was able to get me a
      photo of a building that looks like city hall.

      In front of this building are some billboards. And behind those billboards
      is a sign that states. "HERE STOOD THE GURKO HOUSE".

      I suspect the Communists drove them out of Brezovica.

      As for Spisska Nova Ves, I wrote to city hall there, in Slovak and
      English, hoping that there may have been some old newspapers with some info,
      but they wrote back and said that they had nothing.

      So far my grandmother's family descendents seem to have diappeared over

      I have put my story in Facebook, in Slovak, put her family tree on
      the website www.rodokmen.com <http://www.rodokmen.com/> .

      If you need more details, let me know. Tom

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