Sonia Golad, the daughter of Esther and Israel Borowik, grew up in Vilna, Poland, where she attended a private Jewish day school. In her free time, she ice skated and skied, read Sholem Aleichem and I. L. Peretz, and wrote to a pen pal in New York. She remembers long Sunday walks to visit family and friends in the suburbs and carefree summers with her siblings on a farm. However, she spent her teen-age years in the Vilna Ghetto and a series of concentration camps. After liberation, she worked for various international agencies, screening Jewish children for immigration. In 1947, she came to Chicago, where she met her husband, David Golad. They moved to Kansas City in 1951.
Of Blessed Memory
1925 – 2007
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