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2022 National Tribute Dinner

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In our radically changing world, where violent antisemitism is on the rise and unprovoked war has again been unleashed in Europe, the timeless and timely lessons of the Holocaust have never been more urgently needed.

On May 2, 2022, Museum supporters came together in Washington, DC, to reaffirm our resolve to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust shape the way forward. We honored the Ritchie Boys, recipients of the 2022 Elie Wiesel Award. General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained the instrumental role these soldiers—many of whom were refugees from Nazism—played in defeating Nazi Germany. We also were joined by the Honorable Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, who spoke about the situation in her country. This moving experience is now available to watch and share:

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Honoring

The Ritchie Boys
The Ritchie Boys Recipients of the 2022 Elie Wiesel Award

The Museum will confer its highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award, on the Ritchie Boys, a little-known special World War II US military intelligence unit that included many Jewish refugees from Nazism and was instrumental to the Allied victory.

Facing significant intelligence deficiencies, in April 1942, the US Army activated a plan to convert Fort Ritchie, a Maryland National Guard Camp, into an intelligence training center. Approximately 20,000 men—many of whom were immigrants and refugees from more than 70 countries, including 2,800 German and Austrian refugees who fled Nazi persecution and had arrived in the United States as “enemy aliens”—were trained there. They became known as the “Ritchie Boys.” Their enormous contributions to defeating Nazism—one army study concluded they were responsible for obtaining nearly 60 percent of the actionable intelligence gathered in Europe during the war—and their postwar justice efforts remain little known to Americans even today.

After their training, the Ritchie Boys were dispersed in different army units. Many landed on the beaches of Normandy soon after D-Day. From that point on, Ritchie Boys were involved in every major battle in Europe, using their language skills to gather intelligence, interpret enemy documents, and engage in psychological warfare encouraging German soldiers to surrender by dropping leaflets, through radio broadcasts, and in trucks equipped with loudspeakers. Hundreds of Ritchie Boys were attached to divisions that liberated concentration camps and interviewed former prisoners to document the atrocities that took place. Jewish soldiers were in great danger if captured, and two were captured and executed due to being identified by their captors as German-born Jews. After the war, a number served as translators and interrogators—especially during the Nuremberg Trials.

In August 2021, the bipartisan US Senate Resolution 349 officially recognized the bravery of those troops. About 200 Ritchie Boys are estimated to be alive today.

Photo: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Otto Perl

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Keynote Address

General Mark A. Milley
General Mark A. Milley Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Mark A. Milley is the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.

Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2019, General Milley served as the 39th Chief of Staff of the US Army.

A native of Massachusetts, General Milley graduated from Princeton University in 1980, where he received his commission from Army ROTC.

General Milley has had multiple command and staff positions in eight divisions and Special Forces throughout the last 40 years to include command of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; Deputy Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division; Commanding General, III Corps; and Commanding General, US Army Forces Command.

While serving as the Commanding General, III Corps, General Milley deployed as the Commanding General, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General, US Forces Afghanistan. General Milley’s joint assignments also include the Joint Staff operations directorate and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

General Milley’s operational deployments include the Multi-National Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt; Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and three tours during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. He also deployed to Somalia and Colombia.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University, General Milley has a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University and one from the US Naval War College in national security and strategic studies. He is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.

General Milley and his wife, Hollyanne, have been married for more than 35 years and have two children.

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Event Leadership

Event Chairs

Mickie Simon
Mickie Simon

Mickie Simon’s father was a Holocaust survivor from Kaunas, Lithuania, who was imprisoned in Dachau as a young teen. Originally from Colorado, Mickie is a clinical social worker who has lived and worked in Washington for more than two decades. She is a founding member of the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington at Adas Israel Congregation and has been actively engaged with the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation of Greater Washington since its early days. Mickie has been involved with various community organizations that serve youth in the Washington, DC, area. She and her husband, Brian Schwalb, have three daughters.

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Lori and Martin Weinstein
Lori and Martin Weinstein

Lori Weinstein is a former co-chair of and serves on the Washington Next Generation Board of the Museum. She also serves on the board of trustees of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and on the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College. She is also a Level 4 certified USA Hockey coach and coaches youth ice hockey at the Chevy Chase Club. Lori grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, graduated from Boston College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She practiced law in Washington, DC, both in private practice and as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice.

Martin J. Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and chair of their Global Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practice Group. Martin’s practice focuses on investigations, compliance, and enforcement actions covering virtually every type of sensitive matter in almost every industry, spanning more than 60 countries. With more than 30 years of experience, Martin is regularly named among the top legal strategists in government enforcement and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Martin was previously a federal prosecutor and received the John Marshall Award for outstanding legal achievement in trial and litigation. Martin has served on a variety of boards, including the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Landon School. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Lori and Martin live in Chevy Chase and have four children.

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Host Committee

Jessica Abrahams and Christopher Fleming
Michael Abramowitz and Susan Baer
Pennie and Gary Abramson
Ivan Adler
Miriam and Sanford K. Ain
Marlene and Lee Alexander+
Ellen and Allie Ash+
Jamie and Joseph Baldinger
Florence and Richard Bank
Dottie Bennett** and Richard Morton+
Rachelle Bernstecker
Kim and Bruce Bernstein
Jackie and Bryan Blanken
Lynn and Wolf Blitzer
Sandy Hofberg Bobb
Dr. Philip and Faith Bobrow
Nancy and Lanny Breuer
Alex Brill and Johanna Arenaza
Shelley and Joe Brodecki+**
Anita Wolke Brooks and Kenneth Brooks
Alan and Nancy Bubes
Dorothy A. Canter
Claudia and Gilbert Carpel
Phyllis and David Coburn
Debra Lerner Cohen** and Edward Cohen
Marcy and Neil Cohen**
Lisa and Bruce Cort
Yvonne Schlafstein Distenfeld and Jeffrey Distenfeld
Nancy and Marc Duber**
Amb. Stuart E. Eizenstat
Dr. Marilyn Falik
Julie Farkas and Seth Goldman**
Theanne and Matthew Feldman
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan
Sarah and Adam Friedman
Debra and Peter Friedmann**
Gail and Maurice Gaspar
Susie and Michael Gelman**
Joy and Marc Gerber

Laura Ginns**
Nancy and Dalbert Ginsberg
Julianna Goldman and Michael Gottlieb
Melissa and Benjamin Gottesman
Jill and Robert Granader
Ken and Karin Gross
Lisa and Murry Gunty
Kendra and Jim Hall
Phyllis** and Richard Heideman+
Robin Hettleman and Matthew Weinberg
Beth Heifetz** and Glenn Fine
Shelley and Allan Holt**
Rosalyn Levy Jonas
Julie Gribetz Kahn and Daniel Kahn
Leana and Marc Katz
Wendy and Burton Katzen
Marky and Martin “Bo” Kirsch
Kate Linde Kogan and Eli Kogan
Helen and Roger Krone
Connie and Jay Krupin
Pam Kurland and David Marchick+**
Leslie and Bruce Lane
Louise Lawrence-Israels** and Sidney Lawrence
Jolie and Vladimir Lechtman
Karen and Bruce Levenson
Frederic Levy and Caroline Burwell
Estie and Ed Lipsit
Judy and Brian Liss
Robin and Jeremy London
Jodi and Rodd Macklin**
Adele and David Malpass
Elizabeth Margosches and Donald Melman
Jennifer Loew Mendelson and Dan Mendelson+**
Denise and David Mills
Linda and Sid Moskowitz
Alfred Münzer** and Joel Wind+
Stephanie Nashman and Adam Chmara
Melanie Nussdorf**
Sarah and Jed Nussdorf
Bashi and Roger Packer
Joy and Ronald Paul

Jeffrey Peck and Lisa Vigdor-Peck
Bonnie and Rafi Prober
Gail and Andy Quartner
Barbara and Bert Rein
Lisa Reiner
Bella Rosenberg
Jean and Bill Rosenbluth+
Seth Rosenthal and Stephanie Robinson
Cinthia and Horacio Rozanski
Alisa and Aaron Rulnick
Ellen and Peter Safir
Deborah** and Michael Salzberg
Evelyn Sandground and William Perkins
Diane and Michael Sapir
Brian Schwalb
Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz
Jennifer and Jason Schwartz
Alexis Shklar
Lorraine Simon
Shelly Simon and Josh Broitman
Sharon and David Slotkin
Jan Solomon and Ken Simonson
Dale and Alan Sorcher
Jon and Courtney Spaeth
Monica and Richard Sussman
Ariana and Joseph Tipograph
Susan and Bruce Turnbull
Julie Wallick and David Selden
Theresa and Mitch Webber
Lea and Fry Wernick
Jill and Jeffrey Wiener
Melanie and Bradley Wine+**
Carol and Michael Winer
Carolyn and Bill Wolfe
Lauri and Jeff Zell**
Lisa and Ryan Zucker

** indicates Past Chair of the National Tribute Dinner
+ indicates those who have established a planned gift for the Museum through their estate plan or otherwise

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