Some innovative programs are so impactful they deserve national recognition to inspire other communities in the same direction. Last year’s Wilton Reads presented by the Wilton Library is exactly such a program. It culminated in the author of “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” filling the entire center of the library with an audience in the hundreds to hear her moving presentation.
Most extraordinarily, this program on the Holocaust fanned out in multiple directions to encompass our schools, civic organizations, and religious communities so that all could work together to make an educational program for our whole town. That program not only addressed a crucial subject for our times but also brought the community together in a powerful expression of our strong desire to educate ourselves and bring to the forefront of our collective consciousness those things we must never forget. The program especially encouraged us to consider how we can live out being an upstander instead of a passive bystander when targeting happens in the here-and-now.