The donation consists of three typescript memoirs in prose poetry style: Bygone Daughters of a Lesser Fate: a poetic memoir, Ashes Left to Linger: a poetic search for closure, and Yesterday Runs Always Though It: Poetic reminiscences of my life and times, all authored by Sophie Soil. These poetic m…
The donation consists of three typescript memoirs in prose poetry style: Bygone Daughters of a Lesser Fate: a poetic memoir, Ashes Left to Linger: a poetic search for closure, and Yesterday Runs Always Though It: Poetic reminiscences of my life and times, all authored by Sophie Soil. These poetic memoirs written by a child survivor illustrate the effects of war and post-traumatic stress on family relationships and the construction of memories. While the first two memoirs exist in printed form, the third, Yesterday Runs Always Though It: poetic reminiscences of my life and times is not yet published.
Sophie Soil was born in 1935, in Iasi, Romania. After surviving the Holocaust and the Communist takeover, her family immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1948, following more than a year of being displaced persons in Hungary and Austria. She has been writing for more than twenty years. Mrs. Soil is an artist/ craftperson and is a widely-published poet in various books, magazine and periodicals. She has won many prizes for her work, among them two Pushcart nominations. She has two chapbooks published by Passion Among the Cacti Press and and two full collections published by Publish America. Her personal chronologies are written in freeform verse poignantly spinning autobiographical tales of her sometimes harsh and inconceivable childhood spent in those war-torn years and through the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Mrs. Soil also holds herbalist and master herbalist degrees, and is a writer of alternative health material. She lives in Toronto with her husband of 61 years. (Source: author's bio., 2014)
The collection was donated by Sophie Soil on December 4, 2014
99 printed pages, bound in marbled cover with snap closure. Manuscript is divided in 2 parts named Book 1 and 2. Book 1: 1897-1905, 35 pages entitled “Daily life of a Jewish girl in a Polish ghetto. Leaving Poland for England”. Book 2: 1905-1918, 63 pages entitled “Daily life of a Jewish girl in an English town. The First World War”. Narrative: Edith Webber left the shtetl of Tomaszów with her parents to live in England. Because of her husband's heart condition, they moved from London to Leeds at the beginning of World War 2. They had three daughters: Jeannie Berger, Sandra "Sandy" Kaye and Joyce Denning. Out of Edith's family who stayed in Poland, only one person survived (Ithzak Werber). He was deported, jumped out of a train through floor boards, was shot at, but escaped through the forest and got to Palestine during World War 2.