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Gerda Weissman Klein and Alysa Ullman Gerda Weissman Klein and Alysa Ullman authors. citizens. peacemakers.

Gerda Weissman Klein and Alysa Ullman co-founded Citizenship Counts to promote the importance of multigenerational citizen programs. Alysa is an author and the Executive Director of Citizenship Counts. Gerda is an author, Academy Award winner, Holocaust survivor, and human rights activist. [www.citizenshipcounts.org]

GERDA

Having been where I’ve been and seen what I’ve seen and lost what I’ve lost, my hope is for a kinder, better, gentler, more loving world blessed with peace. I think that’s really what we all want.

I’ve been involved in many causes because I’ve been extremely fortunate. My beloved husband liberated me after the Holocaust and brought me to this country. I’ve had a full life, with children and grandchildren, working for causes that are dear to me.

I’ve been given incredible honors. I want to give back to this country which has given me so much. My swan song is educating people in this country to be kinder, to be better citizens, and to take on the responsibility we all have for creating a better world.

I’ve wondered if what inspires people to lead more meaningful lives is in the genes, but I think it has more to do with exposure. I’ve known people who didn’t particularly seem to care about anything, but then came face to face with their own lives, through illness or suffering, and turned around completely, devoting their lives to an issue important to them.

I was fortunate to be married to an incredible man who totally supported me, as my children do. That support is very important. We can’t do it alone.

I’m very excited about the organization my granddaughter Alysa and I started together. She’s working hard to make this a better world.

ALYSA

Six years ago, at a crossroads in my career, I decided to spend three months managing some of my grandmother’s projects, events, and business affairs. Those three months have turned into six years.

I’ve traveled the country with my grandmother as she gives speeches – mainly about her inspirational story of surviving the Holocaust. She says that survival is an incredible privilege, but also a deep obligation, and she needs to share her story on behalf of the millions who didn’t survive.

After the shooting tragedy at Columbine, my grandparents were asked to speak with the families of the victims and the students, many of whom felt that nobody could understand what they were going through. My grandmother was about their age when she saw her friends killed in honor of Hitler.

The students asked questions like, “Will I ever get over this?” “Will I ever smile again?” “Is this going to affect the rest of my life?” My grandmother told them, “What happened is something you’ll never forget. It will stay with you, BUT you will smile and laugh again. It takes time to heal.”

– Gerda Weissman Klein and Alysa Ullman

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