Sophie Frank Midas, The Family Matriarch
Sophie was a tower of immense wisdom and strength of character as her family went through a shocking life altering adverse experience. It included loss of a very privileged upper class life, the loss of a family business and way of earning a living and having her family separated and living in different countries because of the threat to Jewish survival in Germany. Her resilience and drive was the invisible glue that held the family together and enabled them to remake their lives in New York. Sophie immigrated with her husband Lothar, daughter Hilde and son-in-law Max from Portugal which provided safe haven to some immigrants from Germany.
Pre World War II in Germany
According to a published account, Bill’s grandfather Lothar Midas and his brother, Joseph, had been severely beaten. In November 1938, during Kristallnacht, Nazi thugs attacked the two men, both in their sixties, and forced them to sign a document relinquishing ownership of the successful plate glass company that had been in the family for generations. CLICK HERE to read the report in the book, Buried by The Times.
Post World War II
Family picnic reunion in NY. Sophie and Lothar’s three daughters and their husbands and two grandchildren, Bill and Ruth.
Sophie and Lothar in their last years