“I couldn’t believe my mother found me after the war. I couldn’t. It is a real miracle.”
Sophie opened our meeting with a big smile on her face. She said her life is a testimony to God’s intervention.
Sophie was born in Latvia on the day that World War II began. When she was only a few months old, the Nazi’s started bombing Latvia from the Baltic sea. Over time, the bombing reached Sophie’s house and they were forced to evacuate.
Sophie’s father was recruited to join the war in the Baltic sea. He died a few days later.
A good Samaritan took Sophie’s mother in and hid her in the basement.
A week went by and, a neighbor informed the Nazis of their whereabouts. The morning after Sophie was separated from her mother. The Nazis had taken her to an orphan home to be a part of experiments conducted by the Nazi doctors.
Sophie’s mother worked in the camps and was raped daily by the guards, but she never gave up. She promised herself that she would survive the war and find her daughter.
Meanwhile, Sophie and other babies who were cruelly separated from their parents were injected with various shots and tested on like lab rats.
Every day babies died from the experiments, the unbelievably cold weather, hunger, and lack of human warmth and care.
At the end of the war, when the Soviet army conquered its territories back and freed the camps, Sophie’s mother started her journey of looking for her daughter, who was then a 5-year-old girl.
Thanks to the Red Cross, she found Sophie.
In the 1970s, Sophie and her husband received their documents and finally immigrated to the Land of their Forefathers.
Today, Sophie is a part of the Holocaust survivor’s center in the city Carmiel.
She is an active member who helps other survivors like herself as well as receives the necessary help that she needs.
She says that being a Holocaust survivor, old and lonely is a burden. Not being able to buy food and medicine and live on only the ridiculous pension is not possible.
CBN Israel is an active supporter of the Holocaust survivor’s center and its ministry.
“The people who run the center are the kindest people I have ever met. For me, the love, care, and compassion they show is nowhere to be found. I could not but wonder what is this endless light that shines through them,” Sophie said with a big smile on her face.
Sophie continuously thanked CBN Israel and all its supporters for their generosity. She wishes everyone good health and, says CBN Israel is the reason she and many others like her, have hope and someone to care for them and their basic needs.
May God bless you abundantly.