Ronald Premselaar, a cherished Board member of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. He was 90. May his memory be a blessing.
Ron, a survivor of the Shoah, was an inspiration to our organization. He grew up Jewish in Amsterdam, where Anne Frank and her family had lived in hiding. When the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, a righteous gentile family hid Ron and his sister in farm country. Ron and his sister survived the war, only to find out their parents were murdered in a concentration camp. As refugees, Ron and his sister eventually made it to the United States.
Ron and his wife Edith of blessed memory, who passed away in 2008, were married 56 years.
Until the end of his life, Ron cried tears of happiness, unafraid to show them to us and countless others he touched. He was so grateful to be alive. Each time any of us met Ron, he had the joy as if he were liberated yesterday. His and Edith’s support of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has done much to make our work possible. Because of Ron, we have been able to work for the kinder and fairer world of Anne Frank’s dreams – and of Ron’s own dreams.
Ron leaves a legacy of love, enduring impact and an extraordinary family, including Louis and Judith, Jay and Nina, and grandchildren Rachel and Marc. The Premselaars have established the Premselaar Fund at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to help us educate young people about the Holocaust, and to train young people to advocate for a world in which such horrors occur Never Again.