Born: 1937, Lvov, Poland
Describes how both her and her bear are survivors [Interview: 2003]
The bear is a survivor like me. (Laughs) He survived. He had his share of dust, there was a lot of this, there was a lot of moving, but he survived. And I guess he's a good representative of my, my existence as well.
Sophie was born Selma Schwarzwald to parents Daniel and Laura in the industrial city of Lvov, two years before Germany invaded Poland. Daniel was a successful businessman who exported timber and Laura had studied economics. The Germans occupied Lvov in 1941. After her father's disappearance on her fifth birthday in 1941, Sophie and her mother procured false names and papers and moved to a small town called Busko-Zdroj. They became practicing Catholics to hide their identities. Sophie gradually forgot that she was Jewish. It was not until after their liberation and move to London that Sophie learned the truth about her past.
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