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Oral history interview with Sophie Koper

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.153 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0412

Sophie Koper, born on May 5, 1916 in Moscow, Russia, discusses how her family, even though Jewish, was allowed to stay in Moscow because her mother was a medical professional; her family’s immigration to Warsaw around 1922; learning Polish and attending mixed religion schools; starting her university education and meeting her future husband in school; the 1939 German invasion of Poland and moving into the ghetto in October 1940; receiving an “ausweiss” that kept her safe from early deportations; smuggling food into the ghetto and living in terrible conditions; hearing about the underground movement in the ghetto; getting a job sewing camouflage because of her ausweiss; escaping from the ghetto through a hole in the wall and moving in with Stefan Koper, the man who later became her husband; her and Stefan’s capture after the ghetto uprising; her deportation to a prisoner of war camp, where the Red Cross supplied them with packages of food and cigarettes; her escape from the camp, meeting American troops, and reuniting with Stefan; going to Quakenbrück, where Stefan found a job writing for ‘The Polish Soldier’s Daily’; getting married to Stefan, having a child, and immigrating to England; and finally settling in the United States.


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Interviewee
Ms. Sophie Koper
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
interview:  2001 June 26
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..