She was so afraid of the Germans that she covered the Jewish star with a doll
Eva Gärtnerová was born on September 23, 1937 in Ústí nad Labem-Střekov in a mixed marriage of the German Erika and the Jew Ota Singer. In 1938, they had to leave the occupied Sudetenland to Mladá Boleslav, where they had been interned at the local chateau since 1940. In 1943, their father left by transport to Terezín. According to Nazi racial laws, Eve was a so-called Jewish half-breed and had to wear a star. They lived with their mother in Mladá Boleslav. She survived the bombing at the end of the war in the basement. After the war, the family moved to Liberec. Her mother’s German relatives were deported to Germany. In 1947, her father died in a car accident. Two years later, Eva began to visit the renewed Jewish community in Liberec. In 1952, she trained as a shoe saleswoman and then sold shoes all her life. At the time of the Soviet invasion in August 1968, she was on Liberec Square when a tank tore down the arcades of two houses. After her wedding in 1960, she had two daughters. She and her second husband still attend the reconstructed Liberec synagogue.