Abilene, Kan. -
Big Sonia, a holocaust survival documentary, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE 4th Street. The program is free and open to the public.
Sonia Warshawski is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in the Kansas City area and has been an inspirational public speaker for decades. Standing tall at 4’8", Sonia’s enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. At the age of 15, she watched her mother disappear into a gas chamber. Sonia’s teenage years were a blur of concentration camps and death marches as she survived three death camps. On April 15, 1945, she was rescued when Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British soldiers.
This documentary was filmed by Sonia's granddaughter, Leah Warshawski, and her husband, Todd Soliday. They describe it as “a ‘non-Holocaust, Holocaust movie’ – packed with lessons that are important and relevant now, more than ever.” A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, "Big Sonia" also offers a laugh-out-loud funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all. Her story must never be forgotten.
This Holocaust Remembrance Month documentary screening is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation's IKEducation program. A brief discussion following the film will be held in partnership with the Arts Council of Dickinson County.