As a young Jewish boy in Poland, Mark Schonwetter survived the Holocaust, along with his mother and sister, by hiding in the forests as well as in the homes of righteous Polish families.
Over the last few years, Mark and his daughters Ann Arnold and Isabella Fiske have shared his story of survival with adults and students all over the United States.
In 2016, Ann put her father's story in writing and published her first book, Together A Journey for Survival.
In 2019, Ann and Isabella established the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation with a singular focus: to create a world where all people are treated with kindness and respect by expanding and supporting Holocaust education nationwide.
This work is critical right now – hate crimes in the US have surged to the highest level in 12 years, according to the FBI’s 2020 report. Yet, only 25 states mandate Holocaust education. And those states with requirements don’t always have the funding necessary to support the mandate.
Since 2020, the MSHE Foundation has offered grants to schools across the country to support field trips, programming, books, and having Holocaust survivors speak to students. Through this work, we aim to educate our youth about the dangers of hate and inspire them to create a better, brighter future.
Ann Arnold, Mark Schonwetter, Isabella Fiske, & Luba Schonwetter
Impact from 2020-2022