Students Can Apply for Sonia Schreiber Weitz Upstander Award
The Holocaust Center, Boston North is now accepting applications for the Sonia Schreiber Weitz Upstander Award. Two students in grades 7-12 will be recognized at the awards ceremony at Yom HaShoah, the interfaith commemoration of the Holocaust, 7:00 PM on April 8, 2013, at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.
The award is named for Holocaust survivor, Sonia Schreiber Weitz, who passed away on June 23, 2010. Sonia was a poet, author, and spokesperson for her generation who put a face on Holocaust history. A remarkable woman who became a role model for the generations after, she was beloved by everyone who had the privilege of hearing her share her experiences during the Holocaust. Her mission was to encourage others to apply the lessons of the past to the present.
“I dream of a world without victims and victimizers, and even more, without bystanders.”
The award recipients must emulate Sonia’s commitment to making our world a better place by demonstrating that they are not bystanders but upstanders who have taken action on behalf of another against prejudice, hatred, or indifference. There are unlimited opportunities to be an upstander. Two examples of an upstander include, but are not limited to, an individual who has helped someone being bullied or has stopped untrue or harmful messages from spreading.
Students are requested to email their completed application with the essay on a separate page (maximum one typed page) to The Holocaust Center at email@example.com or mail to The Holocaust Center, Boston North, 82 Main St., Peabody, MA 01960. For more information, please email the center or call 978-531-8288. (Application deadline is February 15, 2013.)
Essay should include a detailed description of how you have been an upstander by taking action on behalf of another individual or group; should not focus on what you would do, but what you actually did. Individuals, teachers and students can also nominate a deserving student for this award.