New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education Presents Awards to Outstanding Community Advocates
|For Immediate Release:||Contact: Alan Guenther, Director
|Date: June 22, 2011||609-292-1126|
Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education has recognized individuals for their advocacy and their efforts to educate the public on the effects of crimes against humanity, prejudice, discrimination and the Holocaust. Executive Director of the commission, Dr. Paul Winkler, said recipients were selected because of their commitment to keeping the message alive within their communities and schools.
“I want to thank the members of the Commission on Holocaust Education for the work that they do to ensure that all New Jerseyans, especially school children, learn about how hate and prejudice can destroy and how holocaust and genocide can spring from the evil of bias and bigotry,” acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said.
“I also congratulate each of this year’s recipients for their advocacy of one of history’s most important lessons -- that we need to protect ourselves and our society from allowing the seeds of hatred to take root,” acting Commissioner Cerf said.
“These citizens have gone above and beyond in their efforts to teach others about the Holocaust, about prejudice and how we must guard against hate,” Dr. Winkler said. “With the passing decades, the world has fewer and fewer survivors of the Holocaust to tell their stories. Our goal is to keep the memory and the lessons of history alive by encouraging young people to examine the past.”
The four awards and the honorees are as follows:
The Late Hela Young – This award was named in honor of a past commission chair who was a community activist and a supporter of Vietnam Veterans. It is presented to a person, group or organization in recognition for the improvement of human relations among diverse peoples and for the improvement of the human condition specifically related to prejudice reduction. This year’s recipient is:
The Late Sister Rose Thering – This award was named after an outspoken Dominican nun whose belief in Jewish Christian brotherhood helped change how the Catholic Church teaches about Judaism. It is awarded to an educator or individual contributing in the field of higher education, specifically in teacher training related to bias, prejudice and discrimination. This year’s recipient is:
Maud Dahme – This award is named after a survivor of the Holocaust who was hidden as a child. She is a commission member and past president of the New Jersey State Board of Education. It is awarded to a student or a person who has demonstrated moral courage in regard to humanity, prejudice and discrimination. This year’s recipients are: