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Busya Lugovier plays a 1762 Gvarani violin at the Isaac Fernandez Blanco Museum of Spanish–American Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Every year, La Crosse’s synagogue, Congregation Sons of Abraham (CSOA), holds its annual Holocaust Remembrance service at the beginning of the Holocaust Week of Remembrance established by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
For over a decade, CSOA has recognized local educators for their commitment and excellence in the field of Holocaust education. The recognition is named for UW-L School of Education professor Greg Wegner. It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Wegner’s personal commitment to the field of Holocaust education continues to inspire Holocaust educators in the tri-state area and across the United States.
Over the years, the definition of “Holocaust educator” has been broadened to include classroom teachers, the La Crosse Public Education Foundation and its commitment to support teachers with needed resources, a personal historian who helps survivors write their stories, a personal witness and member of the resistance, and a theatre company.
On Sunday, April 8th, 2018 musician Busya Lugovier will be inducted as the 13th recipient of the Gregory Paul Wegner Excellence in Holocaust Education recognition. A brass leaf with Busya’s name will be placed on the Tree of Life in the sanctuary of CSOA next to the leaves of past honorees.
To her great sadness, on March 22nd, 2018, Busya’s “close and wonderful friend” in Prague, Czech Republic, survivor Dagmar “Dana” Lieblova, passed away. In 1989, Lieblova, together with other Holocaust survivors established the Terezin Initiative and served as its chairperson. The organization’s goal was to remind the world of the horrors of the Holocaust.
Busya devoted her music and remarks to the memory of her friend Dana Lieblova.
From left: Ms. Lugovier performs a solo piece; she performs accompanied by Nancy Matchett; proof of Busya’s brass leaf for the Tree of Life, which will be installed in the near future.