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July 17, 2014

Special presentation of ‘Coming to See Aunt Sophie’ at CANDLES

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center has been given the opportunity to host the production “Coming to See Aunt Sophie” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The performance will be free.

Written by Indiana State University’s Arthur Feinsod and directed by Indiana University professor Dale McFadden, this play recounts the true story of Jan Karski, the Polish Catholic secret agent who heroically attempted to stop the Holocaust by relaying news of the systematic massacre of Polish Jews during World War II.

With the phrase “Coming to see Aunt Sophie” as the password for his final mission, Karski endured unimaginable personal risk and sacrifice in his perilous travels, frequently changing identities and backgrounds in the hopes of enlightening world leaders with the truth about the atrocities he witnessed.

The play begins in the late 1970s as Karski recounts his World War II experiences to a film director. An old man haunted by the ghosts of his past, Karski resurrects long-buried memories as he and the audience flash back to his life as a younger man. Through these flashbacks, they are able to relive a number of his most poignant exploits, including his capture and torture by the Gestapo, his sometimes-humorous experiences living under various disguises, his painful witness among Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and his famous meeting with President Roosevelt.

This production has been received with standing ovations in Poland and Germany.

For more information call the museum at 812-234-7881 or visit

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