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President Obama Appoints Three New Members to United States Holocaust Memorial Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama has named Nancy B. Gilbert, Deborah E. Lipstadt, and Marc R. Stanley to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Council consists of 55 presidential appointees in addition to ten Congressional representatives and three ex-officio members from the departments of Education, Interior, and State. The appointments are for five-year terms expiring January 15, 2016. (Dr. Lipstadt is filling the slot of an appointee whose term ended last year, so her appointment expires in 2015.)

Nancy B. Gilbert, Boca Raton, Florida
Nancy Gilbert is CEO and president of Travels and Dialogues and its subsidiary the Masorti Travel Bureau, companies specializing in tourism to Israel. She developed the pilot itinerary of what is now known as Birthright Israel for young Jewish adults. She has served on the executive boards of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation, the National Council of Jewish Women Boca–Delray Section, and the Levis JCC in Boca Raton, Florida, and was an honorary board member of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She is currently a sponsor of Aghozo Shalom, a youth village in Rwanda for teenagers orphaned as small children in the 1994 genocide, modeled after the youth villages in Israel created after the Holocaust.

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Atlanta, Georgia
Deborah Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University and one of the leading Holocaust scholars in the United States. Dr. Lipstadt is the author of “The Eichmann Trial,” published this spring. Her book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving” is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier. She was a historical consultant to the Museum during its planning stages. President Clinton previously appointed her to two terms on the Council, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright named her to the State Department Commission on Religious Persecution Abroad. In 2005 she represented President George W. Bush at the 60th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Marc R. Stanley, Dallas, Texas
Marc Stanley is a founder and partner of Stanley•Iola, LLP, a law firm that focuses on complex litigation nationally. He is chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, a vice chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and treasurer/co-chair elect of the Foundation for Jewish Culture. In addition, Mr. Stanley has served as president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged, and the Southwest Region of the American Jewish Congress. Mr. Stanley previously served as chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority.

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