At the end of 1944, the Germans captured six Gypsies – Bučkovcov (from the Bučko family) from Sasowa (today the district of Banská Bystrica). While transporting them to Banská Bystrica, they encountered four more Gypsies along the way and arrested them too. The bodies of these prisoners were found in a mass grave in Kremniczka.
Two Roma from Sasowa were killed as partisans, one at Kostiwiarska Street, the other one – while fighting on the front of war. A memorial plaque with their names is located in the fenced area, belonging to the kindergarten in Banska Bystrica-Sasowa, at ul. Sasovska [Sasovska Street] 21.
Description of commemoration
The memorial in the shape of a vertical slab of dark stone is placed in a concrete frame, at the bottom of which there is a pedestal with two concrete vases. The information on the memorial contains the names of 19 dead. Among the names of non-Gypsies, there are the names of Bučko, a Roma family, arranged according to chronology of the above-mentioned events, 6, 4 and 2 people for each event. It is therefore likely that the other people mentioned were not Gypsies.
„Na večnù pamiatku / padlým w II. svetovej / vojne za oslobodenie / našej vlasti // [nazwiska]”
(As an everlasting memento, in memory of those who fell in World War II for the freedom of our motherland // [names])
Names of victims (only the Gypsy names are listed here)
Štefan Bučko 1924-1944
Gustav Bučko 1920-1944
Ján Bučko 1900-1944
Matej Bučko 1906-1944
Ján Bučko 1908-1944
Ondrej Bučko 1914-1944
Emil Bučko 1912-1944
Stefan Bučko 1914-1944
Anna Bučková 1899-1944
Elena Bučková 1922-1944
Terezia Bučková 1910-1944
Stefan Bučko 1906-1944
Date of the unveiling
The corner of Sasovska and Na Tale
Zuza Kumanová, Arne B. Mann, Ma bisteren, Nové poznatky o holocauste Rómov na Slovensku, Bratislava 2015, s. 25.