My mother, she’s very sick, you know. And I can’t do anything. But I think, if only I could have got that meat for my mother it would make her strong. So I go to the country and, the peasants were selling ham and I buy it with the black market money and I bring it back. But it’s forbidden, you know, because all the meat goes to the Germans. So I sat on the train and I hid it under my skirt, I am pretending that I am pregnant, you know? Oh I was so afraid. I was shaking. And then the German, was in front of the train and he saw me. So he come over and take under my skirt that ham and… So they sent me to Auschwitz.
Sophie’s Choice, Sophie Zawistowski