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Those who read the book or visited the exhibition about "The Girls of Room 28" know: Evelina was born in Prague in December 1930, deported to Theresienstadt in July 1942 and lived in Room 28 until she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in December 1943. There she was quartered in the so-called Family-Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and was a child of the Children's Block organized by Fredy Hirsch. She witnessed the fatal 8/9 March 1944, when Fredy Hirsch died and almost all the people deported from Theresienstadt in September 1943 were murdered, up to 4000 people. Evelina survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the working-camps Stutthof, Dörbeck, Guttau. After having gone through terrible experiences she was liberated by the Russians in Guttau, now Poland.
Most biographies of survivors end their report with the liberation, not Evelina's. Her fate took an extraordinary turn when, iin a first-aid train of the Russian - she was in very critical health - she encountered the medical Doctor Mer. He decided to offer her a home in Leningrad. And so it happened. In September 1945 a totally new life begins for the 14 years old Evelina - as adoptive child of Dr. Mer and his wife in Leningrad, now Sankt Petersburg.
Evelina has lost all her family. Her home-town Prague became the symbol for the good part of her childhood and a synonym for all she has lost and all she longed for over many years.
Evelina, aged 85, is now living in Prague again.