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2022 Western Region Tribute Event

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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 March 30, 2022, supporters from across the Western Region came together to reaffirm our resolve to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust shape the way forward. We heard from teachers, students, and honored the legacy of three families with the National Tribute Award. Our featured speakers, Dr. Peter Hayes and Dr. Edna Friedberg, gave historical context to the current climate in Europe and explained why the Museum’s work to reach global audiences is so urgent today. This moving experience is now available to watch and share:

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Featured Guests

Featured Speakers

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes Professor of history and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies (emeritus) at Northwestern University

Dr. Peter Hayes chaired the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2014 to 2019 and is a recipient of the Museum’s National Leadership Award.

Dr. Hayes was a professor at Northwestern University for 36 years and won a long series of awards for his teaching. He holds degrees from Bowdoin, Oxford, and Yale and is the author or editor of 13 books and more than 80 articles or book chapters. His publications include prize-winning works on German corporations and the Holocaust, The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (co-edited with John Roth), How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader, and Why? Explaining the Holocaust.

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Edna Friedberg
Edna Friedberg Historian and Senior Program Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Edna Friedberg is the host of the Museum’s popular Facebook Live series. She joined the staff of the Museum in 1999 and served as the historian for the multingual online Holocaust Encyclopedia and as director of its Wexner Learning Center. She also curated a special exhibition on the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and postwar justice.

Dr. Friedberg regularly speaks to audiences across the country, and her essays connecting Holocaust history with social, cultural, and political issues today have appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Forward.

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National Tribute Award Honorees

Suzi and Steve Hilton
Suzi and Steve Hilton

The Hiltons are dedicated to honoring the memory of Steve’s father, Holocaust survivor Sam Hilton, and are part of the Museum’s Founders’ Society. Steve is a Western Region Advisor for the Museum and serves on its Collections and Acquisitions Committee.

In addition to being the executive chairman and co-founder of Meritage Homes Corporation, Steve serves on multiple boards, including as chairman of the Banner Health Foundation board. Suzi also holds leadership positions at multiple charities, including recently serving as a vice chair for the American Heart Association Phoenix Heart Ball.

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Jane Jelenko
Jane Jelenko

Jane was the first woman partner in the consulting arm of KPMG, where she served for 25 years, and is a past member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Jane continues to hold positions on several corporate and community boards, including SunAmerica Funds and Cathay Bank, and is the founding president and a board member of Center Dance Arts. She is the author of Portraits in Black and White: Holocaust Survivors of Café Europa, a collection of stories and photographs of Holocaust survivors.

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The Tramiel Family
The Tramiel Family

Holocaust survivors Jack, z”l, and Helen Tramiel, z”l, were part of the Museum’s Founders Society and instilled in their family a deep commitment to philanthropy. Their children, including son Sam Tramiel and his wife, Tzipi (pictured at left), have carried on their legacy. They’ve been dedicated to the Jewish communities in which they have lived, including Toronto, Hong Kong, Japan, and finally Palo Alto, California, where Sam has held executive positions at Commodore and Atari and is currently a partner in Tramiel Capital.

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Event Leadership

Co-Chairs

Amy and Andrew Cohn
Amy and Andrew Cohn Phoenix, Arizona

Andrew Cohn is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and chairs its Finance Committee. He is a real estate and securities investor who also presides over mediation and arbitration proceedings for the Superior Court of Arizona, private parties, and the Arizona Bar Association. He and his wife, Amy, the National Annual Fund chair and Strategic Advancement Committee member, have been actively involved with the Museum for many years and both serve as Western Region Advisors to the Museum. Amy is a space planner/designer who is active with numerous charitable organizations, including serving on the boards of the Arizona Diamondback Foundation and the Barrow Women’s Board.

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Amanda Moose and Edward Lazarus
Amanda Moose and Edward Lazarus Santa Barbara, California

Eddie Lazarus has served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council since 2017 and is a Western Region Advisor to the Museum. He is a highly acclaimed author and the chief legal officer at Sonos. Previously, he was the chief of staff to the Federal Communications Commission chairman. Amanda Moose worked for The Julia Child Foundation as executive director of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience from 2019 to 2020 and served in the White House as special assistant to President Obama from 2012 to 2017. Prior to this, she held various roles in Hollywood, including senior vice president at Alphaville, a feature film production company.

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Event Committee

In Formation

Laurence Baer+
Adrienne Bavar+
Sonia Breslow+
Sheryl Bronkesh+
Miriam Burhans+
Sylvie and Mark Deutsch+
Shefali Razdan Duggal+
Amy Friedkin+
Jerry Gossel
Judi Gottschalk+
Paul Greenberg
Robert and Debra Kasirer
Julee Landau+
Susan and Bill Levine+
Eric LeVine+
Anika Lorber
Susan Lowenberg+
Steve Lyons+
Susan Marshall
Nancy Mishkin+
Harvey Motulsky+
Bea Nemlaha
Deborah Oppenheimer+
Connie Ostrovsky
Dana Perlman+
Sheryl and Ken Pressberg+
Charlene Repko
Janet and Lenny Rosenblatt+
Dr. Helene Rosenzweig
Tony and Linda Rubin+
Judy Searle+
Jay and Deanie Stein+
Daniel Weiss+
The Torah Sisters (Aviva Covitz, Sharon Darnov, Liz Familian, Nan Goodman, Susan Loewenberg, Celeste Marin, Jan Perry, Janet Dreisen Rappaport, Judith Reichman, Toni Reinis)

+Western Region Advisor
The Western Region Advisors are selected leaders who support and enrich the Museum’s ability to expand its impact and engage with the region’s ten states.

Program Agenda

6 p.m. IN-PERSON RECEPTION in the wilshire garden

Guests will have the rare opportunity to tour the Museum’s exhibition Some Were Neighbors: Choice, Human Behavior, and the Holocaust, which is currently on view only in Poland and Germany.

7: 30 p.m. Program at the Beverly Hills Ballroom

WELCOME

Amy and Andrew Cohn, Co-Chairs

FROM THE ASHES: STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND RESILIENCE

By video
Tim Matheson

NATIONAL TRIBUTE AWARD PRESENTATION TO JANE JELENKO

David Jelenko

THE POWER OF HOLOCAUST EDUCATION TO COUNTER ANTISEMITISM

By video
Sara Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Kalua Lauber, High School Teacher, Texas
Logan Greene, High School Teacher, Alabama
Robin Judd, College Professor, Ohio

NATIONAL TRIBUTE AWARD PRESENTATION TO SUZI AND STEVE HILTON

Shari Hilton

INTRODUCTION

Amanda Moose and Edward Lazarus, Co-Chairs  

HOLOCAUST HISTORY, ANTISEMITISM, AND REACHING NEW AUDIENCES

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Peter Hayes, Professor of history and German and Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies (emeritus) at Northwestern University  

NATIONAL TRIBUTE AWARD PRESENTATION TO THE TRAMIEL FAMILY

Sara Tramiel and Mark Tramiel  

CLOSING AND PLEDGE TO THE FUTURE

Marla Eglash Abraham, Director, Western Regional Office

8:30 p.m. Program Ends

Special exhibition open for viewing

Western Regional Office

Western Regional Office

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