Sophie Knab

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, Author

Wednesday,  2:30-3:30 pm,

An ASA Zoom Webinar*

Drawing on her book, Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany 1939-1945, author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab presents a portrait of the lives of forced laborers during World War II: in particular, women from Poland. Taken by police and Gestapo, then forced to live and work in agriculture and industry, they faced sexual exploitation and forced abortion, stealing of infants, and starvation of their children in nurseries. Throughout their ordeal, they lived under circumstances of extreme discrimination and the threat of being sent to concentration camps.

Much has been written about concentration camps, but much less is known about Nazi exploitation of Eastern Europeans, essentially as slave labor, during World War II. Ms. Knab’s thoroughly researched book shines light on the subject, beginning with her mother’s personal experience as a forced laborer and the experiences of many others, plus extensive research at various European archives.

Born in a Polish Displaced Persons camp, Sophie Hodorowicz came to the U.S. with her family in 1954.  Ms. Knab has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Buffalo New York. After spending many years enjoying a nursing career, she decided that she had to act on her passion for writing. She has since published several books as a freelance writer, with an emphasis on Polish history and culture. More information is available at her web site: 

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Written by Ivar Sanders, Academy Village Volunteer

Nov 25: “Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany”