Irene Fogel Weiss. Irene Fogel Weiss was thirteen years-old when she and her family were deported to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Over a three-month period, nearly 400,000 Hungarian Jews would be murdered at Auschwitz. Irene survived both the extermination camp and winter death march across Poland and into Germany. After liberation, she began to piece together what happened to her family, but it was not for almost four decades that she would discover the photographs taken by the Nazis at Auschwitz, which documented the destruction of the Jews of Hungary and the fate of her family. Irene Fogel Weiss will accept the Award.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. The sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi in May, 1963, has been called one of the most violent in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. The photograph of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and her fellow demonstrators being attacked by a mob as they sat peacefully at the lunch counter has become one of the defining images of the struggle to achieve racial equality. For Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, that photograph was the most visible example of the courage she displayed and the dangers she faced in the struggle to end segregation. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will accept the Award.
Police Officer Moira Ann Smith. On September 11, 2001, Police Officer Moira Ann Smith saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center and immediately rushed downtown. Shortly afterwards, Officer Smith was photographed rescuing a badly-injured man from the burning South Tower—one of several hundred people she is credited with saving—and then she disappeared. Six months later, her badge was found in the wreckage of the collapsed tower. Her damaged badge and the photographs of her daughter, Patricia, holding the hand of her father, Officer James Smith, at her mother’s memorial services are among the most poignant reminders of the sacrifices made on September 11 by first responders. Police Officer Moira Ann Smith’s husband, James Smith, and their daughter, Patricia Mary, will accept the Award.
Amardeep Singh Kaleka. On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people, including the temple’s founder, Satwant Singh Kaleka. As the tragedy unfolded, and in the days and weeks that followed, Satwant Singh Kaleka’s son, Amardeep, emerged as the voice of the Sikh community of Oak Creek. His courage and eloquence in the wake of the shooting and his powerful call for understanding and respect resonated throughout the nation. Amardeep Singh Kaleka, will accept the Award, accompanied by his wife, mother, and father’s sister.
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