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Sonia Pressman Fuentes Talks About Her Escape From Nazi Germany In 1933


I am lucky enough to call Sonia Pressman Fuentes a friend and a mentor. She has touched my life in more ways than she knows, and I am forever grateful. A natural teacher, she is always imparting wisdom. I wanted to share that experience with my Holocaust Studies class, so I asked Sonia to come speak to us about her experience emigrating with her parents and brother from Nazi Germany in 1933 to live in Antwerp, Belgium for nine months before leaving Belgium for the U.S. in 1934.

Escaping Nazi Germany forever changed Sonia. It grew in her an  unwavering desire to help others and leave this world a better place. Here are some highlights of her achievements:

  • First woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Federally Employed Women (FEW).
  • Speaker on women’s rights issues before audiences in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • Included in What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution (2006), Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 (2006) and Women of Achievement in Maryland History (2002).
  • Author of the memoir: Eat First — You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter.

Click on the video to watch Sonia’s talk recorded on November 21, 2016.



Minnah is a Florida State University Dean’s List student in her senior year. She studies Media & Communications and Film. She is a writer and a passionate activist, working to educate students on power-based personal violence. Minnah serves on both the SSAIS and the kNOw MORE advisory boards. She is also an intern in the Florida State House of Representatives and is a staff writer for Her Campus. When she isn't working to make her campus a safer place, she enjoys playing the banjo, embroidering and watching old movies.

One thought on “Sonia Pressman Fuentes Talks About Her Escape From Nazi Germany In 1933

  1. People of Sonia’s age and experience offer a rare glimpse into another world. They are our royalty and deserve our full attention. Thank you for providing this opportunity for students and onlookers.


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