The Father was German, the mother was Jewish. We suffered during the war and after it.
Edith Kroupová, née Mayerová, was born on February 21, 1927, in Bílina in Teplice region. Her father was German, and her mother was Jewish. As a mixed-race person, she had to leave the gymnasium after the arrival of the Reich Germans in the Sudetenland. She had to work on a farm near Duchcov. In 1943, the father was taken to forced labour in the mines in Germany. A year later, they took her mother to the concentration camp in Terezín. Edith’s aunt looked after her. After the end of the war, the mother arrived on a Russian tank from Terezín. Since then, the witness has had a warm relationship with the Russians. Her father did not return until a few months after the end of the war. He went from Cheb to Bílina on foot. After the war, both Germans and Czechs hated the family. Father Karel Mayer worked in glass factories for the lowest wage after the war. The family could stay in Czechoslovakia. Edith married her Czech teacher and moved to Meziboří, where she taught mathematics, and after some time, she became the secretary of the local national committee. She later divorced and moved with her second husband to Litvínov, where she worked for the city’s national committee. After November 1989, as a pensioner, she accepted the offer and returned to the city office. In 1990, she founded a branch of a German company, which she ran until she was seventy-seven years old, until 2004. In May 2022, she lived happily with her husband in Litvínov.