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Vilna During the Holocaust

German Occupation – June 1941

Responses to the Mass Murder and Rescue Efforts - Artifacts

Rosa the Doll's headRosa the Doll's head
Rosa was Sophie Libo's doll and was with her when she lived under an assumed identity during the Holocaust in Vilna.

Sophie Libo's shoes with which she dressed her dolls when she was living under an assumed identity during the Holocaust in Vilna.Sophie Libo's shoes with which she dressed her dolls when she was living under an assumed identity during the Holocaust in Vilna.

Sophie Libo's Doll

Sophie Libo was born in Vilna as Ewlina-Jadwiga in 1935. With the German occupation, her mother’s Christian voice coach, Jadwiga-Jadza, took Sophie to a number of hiding places but Sophie was discovered and taken to the ghetto. She was removed from the ghetto and hidden again, this time in her final hiding place with Mrs. Daso. Her parents, Vera and Aleksander and her elder sister Luba survived in hiding in a convent. At the end of the war Sophie was reunited with her parents.

In 1958 Sophie immigrated to Israel with her husband. She is an artist and uses puppetry to describe life in the ghetto.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Mr. Nehemia Burgin in memory of his dear and beloved parents, Holocaust survivors Zlata (Zehava) Burgin and Yehiel Burgin of blessed memory.