So that there is no hatred between Czechs and Germans
Margit Bartošová, née Kirchschlagerová, was born on October 24, 1939 in Vrchová, a settlement that is today part of Bernartice u Trutnova, close to the border with Germany (today with Poland). She comes from a mixed family, her father Friedrich was German, her mother Vilemína Czech. Margit did not see her father for the first six years of her life, as he had to enlist in the Wehrmacht. He lived through the war as a driver for German officers in various countries occupied by the Nazis. The family was not deported after the war, because the father worked as a miner in the Žaclér mines and Czechoslovakia needed miners. Margit graduated from the Higher School of Economics in Trutnov, after graduation she worked in administration and after her wedding she lived and still lives in Vrchlabí. There she met her husband, museum worker and historian Miloslav Bartoš, who is the author of a number of books and articles on the history of the Krkonoše Mountains. Both of them devoted their entire lives to the complicated Czech-German relations in the Krkonoše region and the history of the Krkonoše Mountains. Bartoš, a museum curator, wrote a number of books on this topic, contributed to the local press and professional publications for years, and worked at KRNAP throughout his professional life, including as director. Margit Bartošová still maintains numerous contacts with the original German inhabitants of the Giant Mountains, accompanies them on visits to Bohemia and helps them identify the places where their families once lived. She is an active member of the Center for Czech-German Understanding in Trutnov.