Weidner Rescuers Award
The Weidner Rescuers Award is an endowed humanitarian prize that will be given to living persons who have risked their lives to save, shelter, aid, or protect others in ways that recall the actions and spirit of John Weidner during World War II. The Chair of the Award Committee, Michael Besancon, is the son of a Dutchman who was saved by John Weidner’s resistance network. The Award Jury seeks to recognize persons who, like John Weidner, have fulfilled all or some of the following criteria:
- acted repeatedly or over an extended period of time,
- at significant risk to their own lives,
- using nonviolent methods,
- to save the lives of persons faced with genocide, ethnic cleansing, political repression, state-sponsored violence, human trafficking, or religious persecution.
The first Award recipient shall be announced in November 2021, on the 25th anniversary of the Weidner Foundation’s incorporation in the State of Massachusetts.