The Peaceman Foundation is a private foundation that I established to battle hatred and violence – especially against those who are perceived as outsiders – and to treat those suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.), a serious condition caused by a reaction to hatred or violence.
My family and I have suffered greatly from the biggest Hate Crime in history — Adolph Hitler’s murder of 6 million Jews. During the Holocaust, at the age of 17, my father Siggi B. Wilzig, was transported to Auschwitz, the worst of all the Nazi extermination camps. He survived the war, but altogether 59 of my relatives were murdered by the Nazi’s. Having seen his mother sent straight to the gas chambers and having watched his father beaten to death during forced slave labor, my own father suffered headaches, flashbacks, anxiety attacks and nightmares for the rest of his life — all classic symptoms of P.T.S.D. Therefore, it has been ingrained in me since childhood to prevent hatred and violence towards anyone, and to help those who are victims of hatred and violence. One particular area of interest is in helping LGBT youth who have been affected by bullying and violence, to prevent suicides and other long-lasting negative effects, such as P.T.S.D.
Therefore, I am donating all of my recording artist royalties from my album sales to The Peaceman Foundation, which will distribute the funds to charitable organizations that battle hatred and violence against those perceived as outsiders and to those that treat P.T.S.D. I want to help save countless lives by preventing hatred and violence from happening in the first place and by keeping victims of hatred and violence from committing suicide.