She came to Bohemia through a green meadow
Hilda Bartáková was born on July 3, 1928 in the Lusatian-Serbian village of Demjany (Diehmen in German) in the Bautzen district. Dad’s ancestors were Lusatian Serbs and German’s mother; German was spoken at home. In 1947 she came to Bohemia and started working in the canteen of the Ministry of Fuels and Energy. She later moved briefly to Leipzig, where she worked as a secretary at the Lusatian-Serbian Institute of Speech and Literature. In 1956 she married Jiří Barták and remained in Prague, where she lives to this day (2022). She worked as a telephone operator for the German embassy for six years, then for 32 years in the local sales department.