This year, they remember Marion Pritchard, who, in the midst of the Holocaust, distinguished herself as a savior of children in the Netherlands.
Pritchard participated in the rescue of about 150 Dutch Jews, mostly children from the clutches of the Nazi regime.
Despite being imprisoned and tortured for her resistance work, Marion went on to assume the responsibility of sheltering an entire family – including a newborn baby – until the end of the war.
During that perilous undertaking, a Dutch Nazi collaborator suddenly discovered Marion’s hidden family and was on the verge of informing on them. At that moment, Marion dis something that would haunt her for the rest of her life.
Come to Or Shalom to learn the rest of her story as they honor this unsung hero.
Guest speakers include Marion’s son, Arnie Pritchard, who will receive a US Senate Commendation on behalf of his late mother, (who passed away last December) from Sen Richard Blumenthal. Deborah Dwork, Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University — the baby, sitting on Marion’s Lap in the photo — whom Marion raised clandestinely as her surrogate mother.