SofkaSkipwith

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  • Sofka Skipwith (née Dolgorouky) was born 1907, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the daughter of Prince Peter Alexandrovitch Dolgorouky of St. Petersburg, Russia. Her grandfather, Prince Dolgorouky was Grand Marshal of the Imperial Court and a descendant of the founders of Moscow. As an ex-Russian refugee, she lived both in England and France with her husband Leo Zinovieff, who was from another exiled Russian family. 
  • I am Sofka Skipwith, a Russian Princess, born into royalty. I worked to help save the Jewish people from the Nazi's.
  • Exposition
  • When the French army was defeated in June 1940, Sofka was in Paris; she was arrested by the Germans in November 1940, together with other British citizens who were now enemy aliens. 
  • Although I was a princess, I was captured and I woke up every morning in the Barracks. Since they had uncomfortable beds and were unsanitized, I woke up sore and smelly. Definitely not something I was used to. 
  • Even though there were children that had blonde hair and blue eyes, like me, the Nazi's still captured us because of our religion. 
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • During a prisoner exchange between Britain and Germany, I was released. 
  • At first they were all imprisoned in barracks in Besançon, a civilian internee camp. In May 1941, all the British subjects, numbering 400, were sent to Vittel detention camp. Sofka was released in July 1944, in the exchange of prisoners between Britain and Germany.
  • Sofka had listened to many of the Jewish stories about what they had been through and how they were treated and she wanted to help them, but she didn't know what she could do. 
  • Climax
  • Sofka knew a lady whose name was Madeline and together, they helped the jews by giving them passports and fake ID's. They even saved a young Jewish baby who had been left behind because the mother had been taken away. 
  • Passports and fake ID's!
  • After the war, Sofka and her husband, as well as their son Peter settled down. Sofka settled down during the 60's and began writing. She wrote the autobiography of a princess as well as a recipe book. 
  • Resolution
  • Sofka lived a long and exciting life and was even recognized for all the good things that she had done during the Holocaust. She was honored for her efforts by both Israel and the British government.
  • Stand up when no one else can. 
  • So... What's the theme? Well, Sofka went around and helped many people and managed to avoid death somehow. She was recognized for all the good things she did. 
  • Theme
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