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This profile was last updated on 6/16/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Sewer Worker

Local Address: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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Oscar Mania: “In Darkness” on MyETVmedia, 16 June 2013 [cached]
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief, encounters a group of Jews trying to escape by hiding beneath the city in the foul, rat ridden sewer system.
The 2012 Polish film chronicles ..., 29 Mar 2013 [cached]
The 2012 Polish film chronicles Leopold Socha, a Catholic sewer worker in the Polish city of Lvov, who uses his knowledge of the city's sewer system to shelter a group of Jews in the Lvov Ghetto, first as a business arrangement but later as an alliance.
Leopold Socha, a sewer ..., 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi-occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience.
Planet : Retail Films, 5 April 2013 [cached]
Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters... [Read more]
The story of the survival of ..., 18 Mar 2012 [cached]
The story of the survival of a small group of Jews in the sewers of Lvov, aided by a Polish sewer worker called Leopold Socha, has been made into an Oscar-nominated film called In Darkness, directed by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland.
It was Socha, a Polish Catholic sewer worker, who made their survival possible. Initially bringing them food and supplies for money (paid by Ignacy on behalf of the group) he continued to do so long after the money ran out. He risked everything, his own wife and child included. In the film and Chiger's memoir, Socha comes across as a fascinating, complex, ordinary and heroic man. "We always call him the angel," Chiger says.
Socha took extraordinary risks for them on a daily basis.
"When Socha came, my mother told him but he was too afraid to go to the pharmacy. It would look suspicious. Instead, Socha went away and returned unexpectedly an hour later with the ingredients for a Jewish remedy made with eggs and sugar called kogel mogel. "It was more than one kilometre each way and you had to crawl through a tiny tunnel," she continues. "Socha had carried four eggs in a handkerchief in his teeth to keep them safe, manoeuvring the whole way on his knees and elbows. He was afraid it would be too late if he waited until the next day. Another time, when Chiger stopped talking because of the trauma, Socha carried her through the tunnels, opened a manhole and let her catch a glimpse of the world above, to show her that it was still there, that she would walk in it again soon.
Socha brought the group out of a manhole into ravaged Lvov where a small crowd had gathered. Of a Jewish population of 150,000 just three nuclear families had survived. The Chigers were one of them.
"My brother was so little he had forgotten how real life looked," she remembers of that day.
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