Harry Weichsel was a pisser in the best sense: fun-loving, engaging, community-minded Bridgeport institution. He formed Grassroots Tennis of Bridgeport introducing a sport to inner-city youth that otherwise would have eluded them.
Harry passed away last week at age 85. The video above by local documentarian Frank Borres and snippet below by writer Michael Daly capture the spirit of his legacy.
The story of Harry Weichsel should be recounted periodically as a reminder to us all of the Holocaust in particular and of man’s capacity for vicious, ignorant intolerance in general.
The story resonates especially during this time of year, the Jewish High Holy Days, with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning at sunset Sunday.