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Escape into Danger: The True Story of a Kievan Girl in World War II

Escape into Danger: The True Story of a Kievan Girl in World War II (Hardback)

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Escape into Danger tells the remarkable true story of a young girl's perilous adventures and coming-of-age during World War II. Only seventeen when Germany invaded Russia in 1941, Sophia left her native Kiev, unwittingly escaping the Babi Yar massacre. On her journey into Russia, she fled from flooding, dodged fires and bombs, and fell in love. At Stalingrad, Sophia turned back in a futile attempt to return home to her mother. Stranded in a Nazi-occupied town, accepted as a Russian, she found work with a sympathetic German officer and felt secure until a local girl recognized her as a Jew. Within days, Sophia's boss spirited her to safety with his family in Poland. Soon, though, Sophia was on the run again, this time to Nazi Germany, where she somehow escaped detection through the rest of the war. She met and married a like-minded German soldier and started a family, but she was again forced to flee, this time from her abusive husband, turned vindictive, homicidal stalker after their divorce. Throughout, Sophia maintained her grit, charm, and optimism, the qualities that saved her as she time and again made her "escape into danger."

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe HolocaustLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 22/12/2011 ISBN-13: 9781442214682  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sophia Orlovsky Williams was born in Kiev to a Catholic mother and a Jewish father and chose to be identified as Jewish on the eve of World War II. Narrowly escaping Nazi capture during the war, she moved to the United States in 1952. Working as a draftsman, she was the first female to break into the traditionally male territory at EBASCO, then at Ford, Bacon & Davis, both of New York. She moved to San Francisco in 1955, where she was associated with Bechtel for thirty years until her retirement in 1985. She lives in Texas.

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