Smuggled in a pram
Gabriela Ederová, née Jarkulišová, was born on the 25th of August in 1946 in the town of Zeulenroda in Thuringia. There, her mother Marianne was a baroness (Freiherrin) from the German family of Van Pohlens and Neupert. Her father, Jiří Jarkuliš, was born in the Silesian community of Oldřišov close to Opava and during the WWII, he served in the Luftwaffe in Germany. Gabriela‘s uncle on her mother’s side was taken prisoner in the Battle of Stalingrad and got imprisoned in a labour camp in Siberia and only in 1952, he was released and settled in West Germany. In 1946, Gabriella’s mother travelled from Germany to Czechoslovakia with baby Gabriela in a pram and then settled with the Jarkuliš family in Oldřišov. Later the family moved to their own house in nearby Opava. Gabriela finished basic school and then enrolled to a boarding nursing school in Brno to study for a pharmacy lab technician. She graduated from school in 1965 and then returned to Opava where she worked as a pharmacist. The family was well connected so during the 1960’s they were able to travel to West Germany to visit relatives. In the 1970’s, Gabriela Ederová married to Brno and then she worked in the university hospital. She was living in the Brno region at the time of recording.