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Zofia Posmysz photographed at the English National Opera's The Coliseum Theatre. In 1942, the then 18-year-old Zofia Posmysz  was arrested by the Gestapo in Krakow while distributing leaflets. She was interrogated for weeks, and then deported to a German concentration camp. After two and a half years in Auschwitz-Birkenau (women's camp, farm command), she was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp where she was liberated on 2 May 1945 by the U.S. Army.<br />
After the war she studied in Poland (Warsaw University) and worked at Radio Poland as cultural editor. Her radio play "The Passenger" appeared in 1962 as a book.<br />
She created the radio play "The Passenger in the Cabin 45" which was used as a screenplay template to both Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera, The Passenger, and Andrzej Munk's film "Pasazerka" (The Passenger). The film's director, died in a car accident in 1961 during the filming. The film was completed by his employees and the premiere took place 1963.<br />
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ENO is now staging the London premiere of the  opera "The Passenger".