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2022 Ohio Luncheon


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.

Thanks to your support, the Museum is reaching a global audience—especially young people—to inspire critical thinking about Holocaust history and the ability of individuals to shape the future. With the power of truth held in our vast collections, our scholarship, and survivors’ own memories, we are confronting the dangerous distortion and misuse of this history—most recently to justify Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Please register for our special event on May 19, to show your support for our urgent work.

In-person event registration opens at 11 a.m. ET, followed by lunch at 11:30, and the program at noon.

The virtual event program begins at noon ET.

Featured speaker Dr. David Frey, Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the US Military Academy at West Point, will join Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield to discuss 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. They are this year’s recipients of the Museum’s highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award.

In the spirit of their heroism, we must meet the challenges of these uncertain times. Together, we can ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust continue to inspire individuals and leaders worldwide to confront antisemitism and hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Join us to learn how.

The health and safety of our guests and staff are always our top priority. We request that all guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and masks will be optional. We will hold the event in accordance with all other local and state laws and CDC guidelines, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on pandemic-related safety measures.

Attend This Event

  • May 19, 2022
  • 11:00 am ET
  • Landerhaven 6111 Landerhaven Drive Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
  • $100 per ticket for in-person; $75 minimum suggested donation for virtual event

Featured Guests

Conversation Featuring

Dr. David Frey
Dr. David Frey Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the US Military Academy at West Point

As CHGS director, Dr. Frey oversees a comprehensive atrocity studies program and has spearheaded efforts to increase Defense Department understanding of, research into, and efforts to prevent mass atrocity. He is the 2021–22 William J. Lowenberg Memorial Fellow on America, the Holocaust, and the Jews at the Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and has brought classes from West Point to the Museum.

Dr. Frey is researching World War II-era “marginal soldiers,” including Jewish refugees who joined the US Army military intelligence and contributed to reshaping concepts of American citizenship and belonging. Author of Jews, Nazis, and the Cinema of Hungary: The Tragedy of Success, 1929–44 (IB Tauris, 2017; winner, 2019 biennial Hungarian Studies Association Book Award), co-author of Ordinary Soldiers: A Study in Law, Ethics and Leadership (USHMM, 2014), and co-author of Least-Worst Decisions: The Leadership of LTG Roméo Dallaire during the Rwandan Genocide (forthcoming), he taught at Columbia University after earning his PhD in Central European History there. He serves on the Museum’s Education Committee and the executive committee of the Consortium of Higher Education Centers of Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights Studies.

Sara J. Bloomfield
Sara J. Bloomfield Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sara J. Bloomfield has led the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 21 years, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention.

She serves on the International Auschwitz Council and is a recipient of the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and five honorary doctorates. She joined the planning staff of the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development and served in a variety of roles before becoming director in 1999.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Bloomfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Education from John Carroll University, and has studied business administration at the graduate level. 


Event Leadership

Event Chairs

The Wuliger Family<br />
The Wuliger Family
Cleveland, Ohio

The Wuliger family has long supported the Museum. Their volunteer involvement has focused primarily on the Jewish community, in particular the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and affiliated local agencies, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Program Agenda


Naomi Wuliger, Emmett Wuliger, George Wuliger, Arden Zegura, and Bryce Zegura


Sandra and Tim Wuliger, Co-Chairs

Together We Can Do More
Elissa Wuliger, Co-Chair

The Museum’s Work in Ukraine
Jed Silberg, National Philanthropy Officer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In Conversation: The Courage and Contributions of the Ritchie Boys
Reflections on the 2022 Elie Wiesel Award Honorees 

Allison and Jason Wuliger, Co-Chairs

Dr. David Frey, Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the US Military Academy at West Point

Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sally Arnold, Major Gifts Officer, Midwest Regional Office, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Register For This Event $100 per ticket for in-person; $75 minimum suggested donation for virtual event

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Kristy Beuchner, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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