Anka Mećava-Mišljenović was born on September 20, 1936, in the village of Cerovljani, near Hrvatska Dubica, region of Sisak, Croatia. Anka’s father Nikola was a carpenter and a survivor of a German prisoner-of-war camp. He was imprisoned as a soldier of the Yugoslav Royal Army. Her mother Pelka, born in 1910, died in a German town of Haldesleben, exhausted by forced labor. Her oldest brother Vladimir, born in 1932, disappeared in the Jasenovac concentration camp without a trace. She last saw her older brother Gligor, born in 1934, at the Stara Gradiška concentration camp. Anka survived thanks to a Volksdeutsche family by the name of Nanut that lived in Zagreb.