Eva Krutein was born in the Free City of Danzig, now Gdansk, Poland. Her parents, owners of a factory for electric appliances, provided their only child with a comfortable upbringing. They nurtured Eva’s fascination with music, which would shape the rest of her life. In 1942, at the age of 21, Eva married Manfred Krutein, who had joined the Navy and received a degree in Naval Architecture. The couple had their first child, daughter Lilo, in 1944 while Manfred was attached to the constantly moving German Navy. In January of 1945, as the Russian army invaded Danzig, Eva fled with Lilo, narrowly escaping death by torpedo on two separate ships. Eventually, Eva and Lilo arrived in Wilhelmshaven, where she finally found Manfred.
After moving to Chile in 1951, the Kruteins expanded their family, adding four more children. Eva’s music career flourished while in Chile. She worked as a piano player, opera coach and created a chamber music group, for which she received much recognition. Eva became a champion for the plight of Chile’s poor. She became a volunteer in hospitals and clinics that provided medical care to poor families.
The family moved to the United States in 1960, where Eva received her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Music. She taught music classes at Cal Tech and Pepperdine University. While in the United States, Eva continued to serve as a liaison to American charities and was instrumental in sending aide to Chile’s poor, particularly for education and healthcare.
Eva Krutein was a tireless promoter of peace. As a member of SERVAS, Eva traveled the world to learn about other cultures and to develop her own understanding of the circumstances that others face. It was through a SERVAS visit to New Mexico hosted by Harry Willson and Adela Amador that Eva found her publishers for her three memoirs. Eva’s artistic vision and dedication carried over to her writing. This, along with her wide circle of friends and her delight in promoting her books, ensured that her narratives became a literary success.
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Amerika? America! - From Immigration to Espionage
by Eva Krutein & Manfred Krutein
Vol.3 of the remarkable autobiographical memoirs of Eva Krutein finds the family moving to California - in the 1960s! - with five teenagers! Suddenly Eva's narrative is interrupted by her husband, Manfred. His secret diary is quoted at length, revealing how his "ocean mining" job for Howard Hughes is really a secret spy project to raise a lost Soviet submarine from the floor of the Pacific.
Paradise Found, and Lost: Odyssey in Chile
by Eva Krutein
Eva Krutein's adventure continues with the family's nine years in Chile, where they are warmed by the beauty of the land and the openness of the people. Eva is sensitive to social injustice and machismo, and senses the pending violence of revolution and counter-revolution. As in part 1 of the Krutein memoir, "Eva's War," we see important world events from a new perspective.
Eva's War: A True Story of Survival
by Eva Krutein
Danzig, a Free City between the Great Wars, then seized by Hitler in 1939, is threatened by Soviet troops as Eva Krutein flees with her daughter in January, 1945. It is the beginning of a harrowing year of privation, defeat, moral quandaries, growth and, finally, healing. This compelling account of the hardships and horrors of war remains throughout an uplifting family odyssey.
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