Eva Evans was born on 9 March 1924 in Berlin to a non-religious/secular family. She started studying at Cäcilien Schule, and in 1938 left for the Jewish Lessler Schule.
Eva left Germany with all of her family in December 1938. At first they lived in Swiss Cottage, and Eva attended Camden School for girls. After a year later they left for Devonshire, and later they settled in North Devon. When the war broke out her father was interned, and Eva herself served in the National Fire Service.