Born: May 6, 1933
Zofia was born to a Jewish family in Warsaw. Zofia's father, a self-made man who had put himself through university, was a successful banker. The Rapaports lived on a street of single-family homes with gardens. Zofia's room was decorated with yellow lacquered furniture.
1933-39: As a young child, I loved to play with my dog, Chapek. Sometimes I got to go shopping with my mother downtown. Each year during the Jewish holiday of Passover we visited my grandparents in Lvov. In late August 1939, when I was 6, my father was called for military duty; two days later war broke out. My father returned in November and said we should escape to Lvov, which was occupied by the Soviets.
1940-44: In Lvov my father found work as an accountant, and I started first grade at a Ukrainian school. In 1941, when I was 8, the Germans occupied Lvov. My parents managed to return to Warsaw to hide with one of my father's former employees. I was sent to the country to live with a very poor peasant family. After several months the neighbors became suspicious and the peasants brought me back to my parents in Warsaw. We were confined in a tiny room and for two years we spoke in whispers and didn't dare go near the window.