KNOXVILLE, TN – Oct. 9, 2019 – Sonja DuBois will discuss her book “Finding Schifrah: The Journey of a Dutch Holocaust Child Survivor,” her true story of being a hidden child of the Holocaust, in a Brown Bag Lecture noon Oct. 22 at the East Tennessee History Center.
The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Soft drinks will be available.
Born 1940 in Rotterdam, Clara van Thijn was separated from her parents on July 29, 1942, when they reported for the first Jewish transport headed for Auschwitz and were murdered shortly after their arrival. Entrusted to a family friend, artist Dolf Henkes, and rescued by a Dutch Christian couple, she spent the postwar years in Schiedam as Sonja, the foster child of Willem and Elisabeth van der Kaden. When Sonja was 12, the family emigrated to the U.S. and she told the truth about her identity, however, she was forbidden to discuss it.
Sonja now lives in Knoxville and frequently shares her tragic, yet inspirational story with classrooms and groups across the state. She was featured in the Tennessee Holocaust Commission’s “Living On” exhibit and has donated artifacts to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which has a recorded interview of her life. A book singing will follow the lecture.
The lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.EastTNHistory.org.
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