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Zofia Posmysz (1923–2022)

Zofia Posmysz (1923–2022)

Published at:10.08.2022

On 8 August 2022, Zofia Posmysz passed away. She had close ties to MOCAK.

Between 1942 and 1945, Zofia Posmysz was a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. She worked in the kitchen and in the food warehouse as a clerk. She survived the death march to Ravensbrück concentration camp and spent the last months of the war in the Neustadt-Glewe camp. After the war she devoted herself to literary and educational activities. She became a journalist, her mission became to bear witness to the Holocaust.


In 2018, MOCAK published a book by Maria Anna Potocka entitled Zofia Posmysz. Szrajberka. 7566. Auschwitz 1942–1945 (Zofia Posmysz: Die Schreiberin: Prisoner 7566: Auschwitz 19421945). The richly illustrated publication is a collection of reminiscences and stories told by Zofia Posmysz to, and recorded by, Maria Anna Potocka. The book is accompanied by a DVD containing Zofia Posmysz's testimony recorded in 2012. The book is also available in German.

MOCAK has also organised exhibitions on the life and work of Zofia Posmysz, including at the Danish National Opera, the Women's Museum in Aarhus, the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen, and Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen. In 2017, MOCAK hosted an event devoted to Zofia Posmysz's book Królestwo za mgłą (Kingdom Behind the Fog; conversation between Michał Wójcik and Zofia Posmysz, Znak Litera Nova).