“In 1937 I began to work as an attorney’s clerk in the office of my father-in-law in Prague. My husband was a lawyer as well. We had studied together. We thought our lives had just started.”
Božena (Elisheva) Cohenová, born Božena Alžběta Fieldman, was born on 6th of August in 1913 to a Jewish family. Her native language was Hungarian. The family lived in Uzhorod. She had graduated from high school in Uzhorod, and then moved to Prague to study law at Charles University. She graduated in 1937 and she became an attorney’s clerk. In 1939 she was forbidden to work as a lawyer. She emigrated with her husband to USSR via Slovakia and Poland. They had been teaching foreign languages in Lviv and Kanash in Chuvash Republic. In 1942 both had enlisted Czechoslovakian foreign army in Buzuluk among the first volunteers. In the army she had served under the name Alžběta Hermann as a typist and an attorney’s clerk of a field court. Her husband was injured near Sokolovo. After the war she gave birth to a daughter (1946), and her husband has died in 1948. She left with the daughter legally for Israel after the communist putsch in 1948. She had worked as a lawyer in pensioner’s insurance office in Jerusalem.