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In Sophie's Choice, what are some specific examples of Sophie cooperating with Nazis?

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Sophie's cooperation with the Nazis commences as soon as she is sent to Auschwitz. There, she is forced to sacrifice one child so the other can live. To save her son Jan, Sophie chooses to send her little daughter Ava to her death. Until the day of her suicide, Sophie is filled with unrelenting guilt for her part in her beloved daughter's death.

Shortly after Eva's death, Jan is sent to the Children's camp while Sophie (as a skilled Polish Catholic multi-linguist, typist, and translator) is sent to work among a stenographic pool of workers. In order to avoid the fate that awaits millions of Jews at Auschwitz, Sophie is forced to use her secretarial skills to facilitate communications between Nazi officers and leaders.

When she is transferred to work for Rudolph Hoss (the commandant of Auschwitz) at his private quarters, Sophie enjoys certain benefits. For example, she need only share her sleeping quarters in the basement of the Hoss home with a few other prisoners. Most importantly,...

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