DAR chapter honors Scottsdale author and Holocaust survivor, Gerda Weissmann Klein

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution’s nominee for the National DAR Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism, author and activist Gerda Weismann Klein, was presented with the award at the annual Arizona DAR Fall Board of Management, Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Hilton Mesa.

From left, Kandy Wagenbach; Grand Canyon chapter regent Kathy Shields; Terri Mott; Stephanie Troth; Sarah Ziker; Barbara Hawkins; Carmen Wendt; Gerda Weissmann Klein; Jean Howell; Jessie Wicks; Yolanda McDonald; and Katie Paulsen.

From left, Kandy Wagenbach; Grand Canyon chapter regent Kathy Shields; Terri Mott; Stephanie Troth; Sarah Ziker; Barbara Hawkins; Carmen Wendt; Gerda Weissmann Klein; Jean Howell; Jessie Wicks; Yolanda McDonald; and Katie Paulsen.

The Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal honors an adult who has displayed outstanding patriotism through faithful and meritorious service to community, state or nation. DAR Founders Medals recognize service that goes beyond employment obligations or normal duties.

In 1957 Gerda Weismann Klein authored a memoir of her Holocaust experience, “All but My Life,” which was adapted for the short film, “One Survivor Remembers.” The film received an Academy Award and an Emmy and was selected for the National Film Registry.

In 2008, Mrs. Klein, a naturalized citizen, founded Citizenship Counts, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate students on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and encourage them to participate in community service.

She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, on Feb. 15, 2011.

The Arizona State DAR Fall Board of Management seeks to inform and inspire members throughout the state to better serve their local chapters. Four Grand Canyon Chapter members, Katie Paulsen, Carmen Wendt, Jessie Wicks and Suzanne Young, served as pages at this year’s event.

Guests are welcome at chapter meetings. For information and reservations contact regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427 or dargrandcanyon@gmail.com.

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