Next week, John Demjanjuk will stand trial in Germany accused of helping to murder more than 27,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp, built by the Nazis in Poland. The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg travelled to Poland to meet a woman who only recently discovered she, herself, was Jewish and that her family had been killed in one such camp.

Bogomila always suspected that her mother had a secret.

“She always looked frightened,” Bogomila tells me. “My husband used to say, “Your mother is afraid of her own shadow.”

This summer, her 67-year-old mother Barbara finally revealed her secret. She is a Jewish child of the Holocaust. Suddenly, at the age of 37, Bogomila realised she was Jewish, too.

Archive picture of Sobibor
On Friday, Steve Rosenberg speaks to a survivor of Sobibor, a Nazi extermination camp set up in the Lublin region of occupied Poland

“I was in shock,” Bogomila admits. “I didn’t sleep at all that night. I couldn’t eat for the next two weeks.”

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