Those stars were beautiful
Hana Fousová, born Reinvaldová, was born on March 28, 1934 in Hradec Králové. Until the age of eight, she grew up in Mestec Králové, a small town near Podebrady. Her father Josef Reinvald was a doctor with his own practice, but in 1940 he died suddenly and Hana’s as an only child remained with her mother. Her mother, Amelia, came from a Jewish family. In June 1942, she and other relatives went to the Terezín ghetto, where she was later chosen as the guardian of children who had been transferred to Terezin from the Polish ghetto Bialystok. From there, they were supposed to be sent to one of the neutral countries in exchange for captured German officers. However, more than 1,000 children and their fifty-three guardians were transported to the extermination camp in Auschwitz after two months in Terezin, where they were all murdered. The orphaned Hana was taken over by husband and wife Izra and Karel Budín from Prague. Izra Budinsky was also of Jewish origin, she was the sister of Hana’s grandmother, and her husband Karel Budinsky refused to divorce during the war and saved her from transport. He himself was forced to spend the last year of the war in an internment camp in Bystřice near Benešov. Hana remembers the struggles of the Prague Uprising. Of her entire family, 42 of her relatives did not survive their stay in concentration camps. After the war, Hana went to Sweden for a recovery stay for orphans and then to France, graduated from grammar school and after graduation began working at Czechoslovak Airlines as a stewardess. At the same time, she was first contacted by State Security, and after a long interrogation, Hana signed cooperation with them. A few days later, however, she refused, and although she was no longer allowed to work as a flight attendant, she insisted on her decision. Less than a year after her placement of cooperators, she was removed from the list of active collaborators. Until her retirement, she continued to work for Czechoslovak Airlines, but only in the background of the airport. She lives in Prague, she’s a widow. She raised two sons with her husband who was a medical doctor.