. In the Monastery-Prison.                      

        Fr. Metod spent only a short time in Podolinec. Since he was the Vice-Provincial superior, he was questioned frequently, and they moved him from place to place. In May he was transferred to Leopoldov, and then to Bac. His confrere and cellmate, remembers the investigative detention in Leopoldov. Upon his emigration, he reported everything to his superiors in Rome. He said: In May and June 1950, five of our fathers (Frs. Trcka, Fail, Jan Durkan, Szitas and myself) were detained for questioning and were thrown into a horrific prison in Leopoldov. For forty days we suffered; wearing only a shirt and pants, barefoot, without any work, without being able to celebrate Holy Mass, without the breviary and rosary. We were constantly under a high intensity light, day and night. Every minute of the day we were under the watchful eyes of the worst of guards. Added to it was the atrocious interrogation day and night with all the psychological and physical coercing (brutality) ways and means, which the modern communist criminology had at its disposal. Humanly said, it was almost unbearable. In every moment, you wished you were dead instead of living. We knew nothing of each other. Luckily, three days before the arrest of all the confreres, I was able to burn almost the entire archive of our Vice-Province. They had no written document to use against us. Also, since all of us had talked one way or another during the questioning, the investigators let up on the interrogation. After a 40-day questioning, all of us were once again returned to the monastery-prison. In September, the internment camp was abolished and its inhabitants (prisoners) all found themselves in Podolinec.

        On November 25, 1950 on orders from the State security in Presov Fr. Trcka was taken to jail, but in December 1950, he was back in Podolinec. An eyewitness to that event wrote: Once again, November 25, we (Fr. Trcka, Fail, J. Durkan and myself) were dragged from Podolinec to Presov for a new round of questioning. We spent 30 days there and suffered a lot of torture. Here, we were under the watchful eyes of the NKVD. It was much worse than anything in Leopoldov. However, with the help of God's special grace, we were able to spend Christmas holy days with others in Podolinec. These frequent trips for interrogation between the 'concentration monastery' and the prison, took a physical and psychological toll on Fr. Metod, especially at his age. His even-keeled nature and faith in God helped him to overcome even these difficult times. His Excellency, Michael Rusnak spent a few weeks with Fr. Metod in Podolinec. In that time, he noticed that after the initial shock of what had happened, Fr. Metod collected himself, and once again gained his spiritual balance and his good nature. He rejoiced in the visits from his young confreres. On their departure, he gave them gifts of whatever he had received from others. He always added a joke or two to keep the confreres in good humour.