Big Sonia: Holocaust survivor, Grandma, Diva!

Standing tall at 4’8, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches. On liberation day, she was accidentally shot through the chest, yet again miraculously survived.

Today, Sonia runs a tailor shop which was established by her late husband and continues to work even in her 80s. Join Hillel at Ithaca College for a screening of the award-winning film, Big Sonia which profiles the life of a truly extraordinary individual.

Societal issues this film will address include: elder rights, ageism, inter-generation communication, and discrimination. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations.

Her story must never be forgotten.

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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