2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom
On February 15, 2011, Citizenship Counts Founder Gerda Weissmann Klein received the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor, given to those who contributed to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
2011 Outstanding American by Choice (ABC Award)
In January, 2011, Gerda Weissmann Klein was presented with an Outstanding American by Choice award. The award was presented by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Outstanding American by Choice recognition is presented to naturalized U.S. citizens who have demonstrated their commitment to this country through civic participation, professional achievement, responsible citizenship, and commitment to the shared ideals that unite us as Americans. Mrs. Klein was recognized for her work as a humanitarian, author, human rights activist, Holocaust survivor, and proud naturalized citizen. Mrs. Klein founded Citizenship Counts in 2008.