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Sonia Malkine

Sonia Malkine to Speak at the Historical Society of Woodstock 

On May 10, 1940, the German army crossed into northern France.  With the sound of Nazi cannons in the distance, a young Sonia Malkine was finishing her high school graduating exams.  Shortly before the Nazis entered Paris, Sonia and her mother fled Paris in a truck provided by Quakers her mother was working for.  Though she would return to Paris not long after, Sonia realized she was in danger of arrest as her boss at the time had become a Nazi sympathizer.  Once again she fled Paris to find refuge in the town of Toulouse.  Two years later, at the age of twenty, Sonia joined the 15th Division of Guerilleros, a Spanish resistance group fighting along side the French Resistance.  She would spend the remainder of the war as a messenger for her unit.

The above is just small part of the incredible story that surrounds the life of Woodstock's very own treasure, Sonia Malkine, as found on her web site, soniamalkine.com.  Her remarkable story and how she eventually made her way to the United States and Woodstock following the war will be the subject of a talk given by Ms. Malkine on Saturday July 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Included in her talk will be reflections on Woodstock in the post-war era and the equally remarkable story of her life in folk music - from the encouragement she received from folklorist Sam Eskin, her promotion of folk music through programs on PBS, WBAI, and WDST, and the songs and the people she met along the way.

Ms. Malkine's appearance is part of the Historical Society's summer exhibit, After the War was Over: Post WW II Woodstock and the Building of a Community.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  The Historical Society of Woodstock is located on lower Comeau Drive in Woodstock (opposite the old firehouse on Tinker Street).  For more information, contact: 845-679-2143.  Parking is limited and visitors are asked to park in either the upper or lower Comeau parking lots. The exhibit is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M throughout the summer.  For more on Woodstock History go to http:www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock or visit us in Facebook at Historical Woodstock.