Re: Were Popelkas gypsies?
I don't know the exact answer to that but the woman who replied prior to me is somewhat correct, popelka is the word for "cinderella" in czech and there is a musical running there, in addition to many versions of the story on film. Though her experience led her to believe it symbolises hope in the face of adversity, that is not the true significance. As in the story, 'Cinderella', the main character is a poor girl, which brought narrators to the choice of her name, meaning; from/of ashes (female). Cinder is ash, therefore it is fact that Popelka means the same... from ash. Perhaps bohemians, but definitely poor somewhere along the line. I have been translated this from a dear czech friend.