New inhabitants often managed the way that they lived in one cottage and used the neighbouring one as fuel
Marie Malá was born in a German family in a minor house in Přední Paště on March 18th, 1939. Přední Paště was a no more existing settlement around the hill Křemelná not far from Rejštejn in Šumava. Her father had joined the army before she was born and he never came back to Šumava again. She only met him shortly as an adult. Both Marie‘s uncles died in the war. This bad luck affected almost all houses in the whole region. Marie was growing up with her mum and her parents. All of them worked especially for farmers in the neighbouring farms. In spring 1943, the family moved at a wealthy farmer in Svojší on the opposite hill. Her mum met her new husband there and they bore seven more children. They moved at a farm in a nearby Jelenov in 1947. Marie was a witness of the war suffering when she saw the death march with her own eyes. She saw Jewish women spending the night in the station house in Svojší or theprisoners of war in a mess passing through the village. She also experienced the arrival of American soldiers at the end of the war. However, first and foremost she witnessed the post-war expulsion of German population and dramatic events connected with it. She witnessed the moved fates of old Šumava families, the arrival of new inhabitants from the East and total devastation of the region including complete liquidation of whole villages. Her family was saved from the expulsion by a lucky chance and Marie spent a very hard but at the same time a happy childhood and youth in Šumava. Later on, she settled down in Sušice where she lives till today. She often wanders through her native land; she searches for reminders of her former home and writes interesting books about it.