Born in Prague 1931
Deported to Terezin 1942
Killed in Auschwitz 1944
Sonja’s Legacy Paints the Walls of Warren Hills
On Nov. 21, seniors of Warren Hills were escorted to the auditorium for a special presentation on the Holocaust.
Dr. Robert Fischl presented a story of his cousin, Sonja, who unfortunately did not survive the Holocaust.
Why did you choose to present Sonja's Legacy?
It started in July 2000, when we toured a synagogue dedicated to artwork from the children of Terezin during our family’s Root’s trip. We were looking at the drawings, paintings, and collages by young children. My daughter noticed one drawing with bright yellow roof and other cheerful colors called "Cleaning the Dormitories" by Sonja Fischerova. We were completely overwhelmed and began to sob in front of the hordes of tourists. Yet we had found something tangible that is left from them when we thought there was nothing. Something for us, even to enjoy. As sad as it all is.
We discovered that there were 30 more of Sonja’s watercolors and pencil drawings, gardens and flowers, vibrant colors, still-lifes and landscapes. The Sonja Legacy panels, I showed at the Warren Hills HS, were put together by my daughter and I.
Sonja’s Legacy drawings, gave me the courage and stimulus to speak about the Holocuast and what prejudice and antisemitism leads to – the murder of a 13 years old girl, who began er art career in a place called Terezin and ended not quite 2 years later in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.