The Anne Frank Center USA is beyond saddened by the passing of Sylvia Ann Wygoda, a longtime friend and Advisory Board Member to the Center.
Sylvia was a fearless advocate for tolerance education, spearheading initiatives throughout the southern United States. She was the founding Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the Director of the Anne Frank in the World Exhibit, and the Director of the Thomas B. Murphy Holocaust Teacher Training and Resource Center in Atlanta. She was also the Executive Producer and Director of the award winning video “Prejudice and Hate: Georgians and the Holocaust”. In addition, Sylvia was the director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Legion of Honor Award Program, Creator of the Chattanooga-Hamilton Country Memorial Peace Gardens Project, and on the Board of Trustees of the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History in Chattanooga.
For her work, she received many awards including the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Chabad of Cobb County, Ga; the Distinguished Service Award for Holocaust Education from the Anne Frank Center, USA; the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award from their foundation in Philadelphia, PA; and the Anti-Defamation League Unsung Hero Award in Cobb County, Ga. She was also a nominee for the Atlanta Woman of the Year.
She passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at her home in Soddy-Daisy, TN, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A member of Bnai Zion and Mizpah Congregations in Chattanooga, she is survived by her sister, Lois (Michael) Klezmer, of Santa Fe, N.M.; brother, Mark (Linda) Wygoda, of Lake Charles La.; nieces Deborah (Ann Reuland) Klezmer and Jennifer (Kevin) Israel, and nephew Daniel Wygoda – to whom our hearts go out.
In lieu of flowers, it has been asked that memorial contributions be made to Development Office, The Anne Frank Center USA, 44 Park Place, New York, NY 10007.