This was written and provided to us by Eva's daughter.
Eva Stadler was born on August 14, 1926, in Crasna, a small village in the Transylvania region of Romania.
She was one of 10 siblings in a large Jewish family that was deported to Auschwitz by the Nazis in 1944. Her parents and 5 of her siblings were exterminated in Auschwitz. Eva survived Auschwitz, and after the war, in 1945, at age 18 she returned to Romania. She married and had one daughter, Liz. In Romania, she worked making hand knit sweaters and pleated skirts. She became a widow at age 40 and immigrated to the US, together with her daughter, to join her sister Olga, in NYC. In NYC she worked as a fur finisher in the garment district and made everything possible for her daughter to finish college and have a successful professional career. She has been a loving, devoted and doting grandmother to her 2 grandchildren. She adored them and cooked great Hungarian food for them. In NYC, Eva spent time socializing with other Romanian immigrants and being very close to her sister. She took frequent trips with her daughter and her family to Israel and Romania. Eva was always homesick for Romania.
In 2017, after Eva could no longer remain in her own apartment in NYC, her daughter moved her to Laurel Lake in Lee.
Click here to listen to an interview with Eva from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In memory of Eva Stadler.