Nine Brookwood School students were honored at the 2016 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) service at Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Eighth grader Max M., received the Sonia Schreiber Weitz Upstander Award for an original essay while sixth graders Jack H., and eighth graders Sophia C., Portia D., Emily H., Walker M., Ellen N., Kishan P., and Noah R. earned Honorable Mentions.
The service’s program acknowledged their efforts saying, “Thank you to these exemplary students for being upstanders and not bystanders and for honoring Sonia Schreiber Weitz by dedicating themselves to taking action on behalf of others who are persecuted or treated unfairly. The each play a role in making our would a better place.”
The program and the award are, “dedicated to the memory of Sonia Schreiber Weitz, Holocaust survivor, poet, educator, and human rights activist. Through her everyday actions and her written and spoken word, Weitz encouraged and inspired her audiences. She hoped for a world ‘where the are no more victims nor victimizers and, above all, no more bystanders.’”
Weitz was a Holocaust survivor and worked tirelessly to inform and teach people so the horrific event is never forgotten. She was the co-founder and Education Director of The Holocaust Center Boston North Inc. before it became incorporated into Salem State University and was renamed the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Brookwood School is proud to have had a close relationship with Weitz who came to campus each year and spoke to students about her experiences in the Krakow Ghetto and five Nazi camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She shared her poetry with students and inspired them to be upstanders for righteousness in the world so tragedies like the Holocaust never happen again.