Krystyna Szopis

Born: 6th February 1931

Lwow, Poland

Date of interview: 16th May 2006

Map showing where Krystyna Szopis came from

Krystyna what was it like as a young child going/having this experience?

Probably it wasn't half as bad as it would have been for my mother being worried about the child. I don't know you just get used to everything. We were free we had food so this way we were happy. We were given some clothing, be it that it had never fitted you, and the funniest thing that happened to me when we came to Pakhlevi, quite a lot of girls and women were infested with lice and I had very long plaits and as we were, we came in and were told to go to have a shower and so on and there was a gentleman waiting with a plate or whatever to cut the hair off every child hair, and Mama said 'No you won't touch it' and he said 'But they're all infested with lice' and mother said 'No she isn't and I'm not?' So they looked through my hair and I wasn't, and I was an odd child out not being bald because I had long plaits and I had them up to the age of nineteen and eventually I decided that I wanted short hair [laughs] so ... you know it was so, it was different, we were free we were not hungry. Well as I child I was so very ill but it didn't matter. In Tehran there was a Polish school where I made friends.