Obituary: Polish writer and Holocaust survivor Zofia Posmysz has died aged 98

Polish writer and Holocaust survivor Zofia Posmysz died on August 8, 2022, according to Opera Narodowa.

Born August 23, 1923, Posmysz lived in Krakow until the invasion of Poland in 1939. During the Nazi occupation, she was arrested for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets and transferred from prison from Montelupich to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration. camp. She will then be sent from there to the Ravensbruck camp, then to the Neustadt-Glewe camp where she will be liberated by the American army in 1945.

After studying at the University of Warsaw, Posmysz wrote the radio drama “Passenger from Cabin 45” based on his experiences during the war. The work was quickly produced and then adapted for television and cinema screens in the following years.

In 1962, she published her autobiography, which was adapted in 1968 into the opera “The Passenger” by Alexander Medvedev and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The opera was not performed until it finally premiered at the Bregenz Festival in 2010.

Posmysz continued to write until the age of 73. Among her distinctions, she was made a Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1964 and an officer of the order in 1970; Polish Radio and Television Committee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Drama in 1976; the 2008 Polish Minister of Culture Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Cultural Heritage, among others.