Nettie Mayersohn, a former member of the New York State Assembly and steadfast champion of human rights, received the Kupferberg Freedom Award during a special event held in her honor at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA) on November 8.
Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the KHRCA, said that, “Nettie has—through her great compassion for survivors—created a level of support and dedication that has raised the bar for all such future efforts.”
“I thank Dr. Flug, President Call and everyone here for recognizing my contribution to the important work that is accomplished at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center every day,” said Mrs. Mayersohn, who served in the State Assembly for nearly 30 years. “It is crucial that young people learn not only about the evils of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, but also of the racism and religious persecution that exists throughout the world.”
She described a trip taken with her colleagues in 1985 to visit the concentration camps in Germany, saying it was “a chilling reminder that the lessons of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen must serve as a reminder that we can never be complacent.”
Among the special guests present at the occasion were her son, Honorable Lee Mayersohn, New York State Supreme Court Justice; New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky; New York State Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz; Honorable William A. Viscovich, Queens County Civil Court; Honorable Bernice Siegal, Queens County Civil Court; andHonorable Phyllis Orlikoff Flug, New York State Supreme Court Justice.
Nettie Mayersohn is a graduate of Queens College, a College of The City University of New York (CUNY).