Monday Night Book Club Special: Sonja DuBois

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Join us for an exceptional meeting of the Fountain City Book Club with author and child Holocaust survivor Sonja DuBois. Detailed in her memoir, Finding Schifrah, DuBois will discuss her search for her heritage.

Born Clara van Thijn to a Dutch Jewish family, Sonja was rescued by a Christian family to avoid Nazi persecution. Sonja's parents perished in Auschwitz when Sonja was a toddler. "What mother and daddy did was left me behind, hoping that I would live. When I was turned over to 'mom and pop,' what I called my foster parents, I was just 22 months old." She did not fully learn about her Jewish heritage and biological family until years later, after she emigrated to the United States. She first saw a photograph of her mother and father when she was about 60 years old.

Speaking to WBIR in 2020, Sonja said, "The Holocaust was a slaughter. It is the biggest example of what happens when racism goes unchecked. There are people who grow up being told it was not real or it was exaggerated. We have to make sure people know the truth."

Join us to hear Sonja's extraordinary experience. 


For ADA accommodations, call (865) 215-8703 or send request to 72 hours in advance of program.