Leo Weiss, while interned during the war, was on his way to what he knew would be certain death. He exemplified courage by saving the life of a young woman when he was given the opportunity for a second chance to live. Leo bravely told the commanding officer that he wouldn’t leave without his wife who was in the next cell. Leo wasn’t married, but his schoolmate was in the next cell, and he valiantly saved her life.
Leo believed unequivocally in the value of human life- that it is a precious gift that must be defended and cherished.
Leo’s message to students was that regardless of the adversity they faced, they should always be hopeful for the future and should see themselves not as victims of their circumstances, but as empowered to leave their mark on this earth through hard work and compassion for others. Leo’s commitment to Holocaust education was his contribution to protecting future generations from the horrors he experienced. His legacy lives on in these students.