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Elie Wiesel to be Presented with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Inaugural Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The inaugural United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award will be presented at the Museum’s National Tribute Dinner to Nobel Laureate and Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel for the singular role he has played in advancing the cause of Holocaust remembrance and his significant contributions to humanity. The Museum has created this annual award—its highest honor—to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing the Museum’s vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity.

Wiesel’s extraordinary vision and moral stature played an indispensable role in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and in inspiring a worldwide movement to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust forever shape the human experience.

“It was Elie Wiesel’s conviction that the Museum should be a ‘living’ memorial, and no one else has done so much to honor the victims of the Holocaust by working tirelessly to create a more just world in their memory,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “His legacy to humanity is unique and extraordinary. It is our great privilege to present him with the institution’s inaugural award.”

Historian Deborah Lipstadt will also speak at the event about the subject of her new book, The Eichmann Trial, written while she was the Judith B. and Burton P. Resnick Invitational Scholar at the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The dinner will be held on Monday, May 16, at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C., as part of the Museum’s Days of Remembrance events. The Museum designated “Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?” as the theme for the 2011 observances. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the verdicts at the first Nuremberg trial, a watershed moment in international justice, and the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the most high-profile postwar recountings of the Nazi genocide and a landmark in public awareness of the Holocaust.

Days of Remembrance observances will also take place in communities, state houses, city halls, churches and synagogues in the United States and military installations worldwide. The Museum has created an interactive map allowing people to find programs in their area, available at www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/days-of-remembrance-event-map.

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.

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