Crowds on Eisenhower Plaza during a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum "Tribute to Survivors: A Reunion of a Special Family," November 1-2, 2003. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Eisenhower Plaza during a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum "Tribute to Survivors: A Reunion of a Special Family," November 1-2, 2003. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Attendees signing the scroll during the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum "Tribute to Survivors: A Reunion of a Special Family," November 1-2, 2003. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
As part of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 10th Anniversary, the Museum hosted a Tribute to Holocaust Survivors: A Reunion of a Special Family, on November 1 and 2, 2003. In the largest gathering at the Museum since its April 1993 dedication, the Museum honored Holocaust survivors, liberators and rescuers, as well as their families.
Nobel Laureate and Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel delivered the keynote address at a special commemorative event on Sunday, November 2. Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat spoke at the Tribute Dinner the evening before.
“We are blessed in this unique opportunity to come together almost six decades following our liberation,” said Benjamin Meed, a member of the Museum’s governing board and President of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors. “We will come to the Museum to renew old bonds, to thank those who risked their lives to aid us in times of unimaginable evil, and to remind future generations of the imperative of remembrance in building a safer, more humane world.”
Sharing the memories
"For us, every gesture is an offering, every dawn filled with grace. We watch a child, ours, and we see our parents ..." — Elie Wiesel
Survivors and their families signed a memorial scroll at the Museum during the reunion weekend:
"I have survived and am here with my children and grandchildren. We will never forget and will pass on this memory so that this horror will never be forgotten."
"Thank you for remembering my family—my aunts and my uncles and my cousins—and my half-brother, killed age 4, whose name my father never spoke."
Read tribute ceremony remarks
- Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Ben Meed, President, American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
- Brad Blakeman, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling
- Elie Wiesel, Founding Chair, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
- Fred S. Zeidman, Chair, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Read tribute dinner remarks
- Stuart Eizenstat, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, author of Imperfect Justice, and Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council