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Sofka Skipwith Sofka Skipwith started life in 1907 as a Russian princess named Sofia Dolgorouky. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, life as a princess was no longer safe and Sofka ended up emigrating and living in various places in Europe, but in May 1940, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. While taking care of her mother in Paris, the Nazis conquered the city and she was sent to an internment camp. While there, she learned that her husband's plane had been shot down by the Germans and he had died. Tragedy didn't slow her down, though, and Sofka devised numerous clever plans to help other prisoners escape, including passing secret messages written inside of cigarettes and shoving a baby in a basket underneath a hole in the fence. She was responsible for saving hundreds of lives during her imprisonment. If suffering creates empathy and selflessness, then we have emerged from it stronger and better.

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