Global Experience: Big Sonia Screening and Discussion
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Global Experience:  Big Sonia Screening and Discussion

The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you have the chance to share it?" Join Park University, the National Archives, and the IRC on Monday, April 9, as we explore the story of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – who has deep ties to Kansas City. This program, in which we'll view and discuss the film, is free and open to the public. Registration is requested to help with planning; please see the link below.

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When: Monday, April 9, 2018
6-8:15 p.m.
Where: Park University Theater/Alumni Hall
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville, Missouri  64152
United States
Contact: April Diaz

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About the Film
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. At 15 she watched her mother disappear behind gas chamber doors. 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. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, a bridge between cultures and generations. Her story must never be forgotten.

Sonia's Story
The film interweaves Sonia's past and present using first-person narrative with stories from family and friends. Along the way, we learn valuable life lessons – "Soniaisms" – from a woman who can barely see over the steering wheel, yet insists on driving herself to work every day to run her late husband's tailor shop, John's Tailoring. Running the shop is Sonia's entire being – it is her reason for living and the center of her life. Sonia is a "diva" and she's known for wearing leopard print and high-heel shoes – she is the most popular woman I know. Her influence spans generations and cultures, and we see first-hand how she transforms a room of self-involved teenagers into thoughtful citizens. Sonia is an enigma.

To Register
Online registration is requested and is available here ».

Directions and Parking
The program will be held in the theater in Park University's Alumni Hall (Building 10 on the campus map »). General parking is indicated in red on the map. View the campus map here »

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