Kansas City Holocaust survivor honored at Arrowhead U2 concert

Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 13, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The recognitions continue to grow for a Kansas City grandmother who survived the Holocaust and is using her experience to spread love and hope to anyone who will listen.

Sonia Warshawski was a teenager when she watched her mom be sent to die. She lived through the Holocaust, but barely. 

Tuesday evening U2 honored Warshawski for the impact she's making on her community. 

The 40,000 fans at the concert saw her picture on the video screen behind the band during its encore of "Ultraviolet (Light My Own Way)".

In that same video, U2 also honored dozens of other women, including Maya Angelou, Grace Jones, Lena Dunham and Susan Buffett.

Warshawski owns and runs a small tailor shop in Overland Park but she also finds the time to tell her story at schools, businesses and detention centers.

41 Action News profiled Warshawski in November 2013.

And now thanks to her granddaughter's efforts Warshawski's story is on the big screen.

Leah Warshawski is co-director on the film, 'Big Sonia' which interweaves Sonia’s past and present and introduces her story to the world.  

The documentary has won multiple national awards and also premiered internationally at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Big Sonia will also hit theaters in New York City and Los Angeles this fall. A Kansas City date has not yet been announced.