Finding Schifrah: The Journey of a Dutch Child Holocaust Survivor | Brown Bag Lecture with Sonja DuBois

@ East Tennessee History Center
East Tennessee History Center
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00am to Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:45am

“I never felt connected with my foster parents. I don’t remember feeling a part of their family. I’m not sure why; I guess I just suspected something wasn’t right.”

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, 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. Sonja now lives in Knoxville where she frequently shares her tragic, yet inspirational story with classrooms and groups. Book signing to follow.

The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon, Tuesday, October 22, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a "Brown Bag" lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks are available.

Presenting Sponsor: