Keeping alive the memory of efforts during World War II to obliterate all vestiges of the Jewish people has grown more difficult over the years as the survivors begin to die off. But, as explained by the center’s other co-founder, Harriet Wacks, the Legacy Partners program is designed to pass those memories off to a new generation willing to learn the stories and to speak out.
Again, they need not be Jewish. As Wacks explained, they are realizing her partner Weitz’s dream of creating “a world without bystanders.”
Also receiving the “Upstander Award” were students Kelsey Baker, Rachelle Bassett, Meaghan Bransfield, Hanna Briere, Jacquelyn Duffy, Katelyn Guarino, Courtney Gauthier, Hailey Hanrahan, Harley Hitchman, Ava Ludwig, Antonia Pagliuca, Mark Piandes, Jessica Raymond, Leandra Romano and Austin Solimine. In addition to Peabody and Marblehead, they hail from Wilmington, Lynn and Wakefield.
Winning the Holocaust Center Service Award posthumously was Sumner Feinstein.