Our Mothers Ourselves

Helene Goldstein Wolff, who saved her children from the Nazis. A conversation with Sonia Levitin

April 07, 2021 Sonia Levitin Season 4 Episode 1
Our Mothers Ourselves
Helene Goldstein Wolff, who saved her children from the Nazis. A conversation with Sonia Levitin
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Our Mothers Ourselves
Helene Goldstein Wolff, who saved her children from the Nazis. A conversation with Sonia Levitin
Apr 07, 2021 Season 4 Episode 1
Sonia Levitin


Sonia Levitin was born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1934, just as Germany was entering its darkest period in history. With Hitler tightening his grip on the country, Sonia's mother, Helene Goldstein Wolff, plotted their escape. 

In 1938, Helene fled with her children first to Switzerland, then America. Helene instilled in her daughters a sense of dignity and the courage to persevere—lessons that have lasted a lifetime. 

As her aging mother developed dementia, Sonia became her caretaker, repaying the tender kindness and loving protection Helene brought to Sonia’s own childhood. Helene died in 1993, and Sonia would give anything to tell her mother just how much she loved and appreciated her, one final time. 

In this week’s episode, Sonia tells Katie about her early life in Berlin, the family's escape to Switzerland, and the deep love she and her mother shared for each other.

Journey to America, Sonia's fictional account of the family's escape from Germany,  is both beautiful and harrowing. Sonia Levitin's website can be found here.

Artwork by Paula Mangin (@PaulaBallah)
Music composed and performed by Andrea Perry
Associate Producer: Sophie McNulty
Producer: Alice Hudson

Mother Word Cloud: Please contribute the one word that best describes your mother to the Mother Word Cloud at www.ourmothersourselves.com
 


Show Notes


Sonia Levitin was born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1934, just as Germany was entering its darkest period in history. With Hitler tightening his grip on the country, Sonia's mother, Helene Goldstein Wolff, plotted their escape. 

In 1938, Helene fled with her children first to Switzerland, then America. Helene instilled in her daughters a sense of dignity and the courage to persevere—lessons that have lasted a lifetime. 

As her aging mother developed dementia, Sonia became her caretaker, repaying the tender kindness and loving protection Helene brought to Sonia’s own childhood. Helene died in 1993, and Sonia would give anything to tell her mother just how much she loved and appreciated her, one final time. 

In this week’s episode, Sonia tells Katie about her early life in Berlin, the family's escape to Switzerland, and the deep love she and her mother shared for each other.

Journey to America, Sonia's fictional account of the family's escape from Germany,  is both beautiful and harrowing. Sonia Levitin's website can be found here.

Artwork by Paula Mangin (@PaulaBallah)
Music composed and performed by Andrea Perry
Associate Producer: Sophie McNulty
Producer: Alice Hudson

Mother Word Cloud: Please contribute the one word that best describes your mother to the Mother Word Cloud at www.ourmothersourselves.com