Mary Kiley from St. John’s Prep, visited the Academy on Wednesday to share the story of Sonia Schreiber Weitz, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland and emigrated to Peabody after World War II. Mary is Sonia’s Holocaust Legacy Partner, a partnership created to protect the survivors’ memories long after they have gone.
Recently, the First Years finished reading Maus by Art Spiegelman. A graphic novel that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, Maus “is the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story.” The connection between Sonia’s journey and that of Vladek, Anja, and Art Spiegelman was not missed on the students.
We were humbled by Mary’s presentation as she shared Sonia’s haunting poems and memories, and we look forward to her returning to The Academy again in the future.