Stefania Sitbon

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“We are the last generation that can tell our story ourselves. The March of the Living allows for our stories to be told from those who were already there and hear our voices directly. You must never forget our stories to help make sure that this will never happen again.”

 

Stefania Sitbon was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1939 and grew up in the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1942, her family was smuggled into the Warsaw Zoo by the Zoo Director, Jan Zabinski, and his wife, Antonina. The subject of the film The Zookeeper’s Wife, 300 Jewish men, women, and children were hidden in animal cages from 1939 to 1945. From there Stefania and her family were separated and sent to convents and surrounding villages. They were liberated in 1945 and reunited in Austria and Poland. In 1957 they emigrated to Israel, Stefania was married. and she later decided to move to Canada. In 2014, as part of the March of the Living, she went back to the Warsaw Zoo for an emotional meeting with Teresa, the Zabinskis daughter. Stefania and her brother, Moshe, are the only Warsaw Zoo survivors known to be alive today. She and her husband, Freddy, have three children and seven grandchildren.