Shortly after discovering the affidavit, Panz attended a family party at a cafe that happened to be next to Applefield’s childhood home. “In that moment I realized that Janet’s mother was at my age when she was shot,” Panz wrote in an e-mail to Jonathan. “I started to cry.”
In a few weeks, Jonathan and his mother will travel to Germany with a Salem State University class that is studying the Holocaust. They plan to investigate the roots of Nazi ideology.
Janet Applefield, a clinical social worker, said she was “still trying to figure out how people could do this to other people.”
After visiting Germany, the Applefields will go on to Poland, where they will meet with Panz.
In her e-mail to Jonathan, Panz wrote of how impressed she was by videos that Applefield has posted on her website (www.janetapplefield.com). “She, the victim of that horrible time, testifies that nevertheless evil didn’t win.”
The Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Temple Israel is April 7 at 7 p.m. For details, e-mail Joyce Greenwald at firstname.lastname@example.org.