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July 3, 2014

Church to host Crossroads Rep for special performance of ‘Aunt Sophie’

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre will give a special performance of “Coming to See Aunt Sophie” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. The play is by Arthur Feinsod, local playwright and professor of theater at ISU.

The performance is free to anyone in the community thanks to an Indiana Arts Commission/Arts Illiana Grant.  

Members of the public who do not normally attend plays are especially welcome. Reservations are not needed.

The play made its debut this spring in Germany and Poland. It tells the story of Jan Karski, a Catholic in the Polish Underground, who tried without success to warn democratic leaders in Europe and the U.S. of the actions prevailing against Jews in Poland in an effort to stop the Holocaust that was in progress. The leaders ignored his pleas which resulted in the killing of more than six million Jews before the world’s leaders responded. Had Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt taken Karski’s warnings seriously, history might have been very different and millions of people spared from torture and death upon the orders of Adolf Hitler. Karski’s  failure to convince world leaders to heed his observations as a courier plagued him for the rest of his life. The secret code word used by the underground was “Coming to See Aunt Sophie.”

The performance at UU Congregation will be followed by a discussion with Feinsod. There also will be a reception with refreshments in the social hall.

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