Washington Marriott Marquis 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001
2017 National Tribute Dinner
Details of Richard Serra’s sculpture Gravity and the Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection in the Tower of Faces. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
6 p.m. Reception 7 p.m. Dinner
Co-Chairs Nancy and Marc Duber Melanie and Larry Nussdorf
Join the Museum community in honoring the 2017 Elie Wiesel Award recipient, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her singular contributions in support of Holocaust memory and education. German Ambassador Peter Wittig will speak on behalf of Chancellor Merkel, who will accept the award by video.
The featured speaker is Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. An assistant to Lyndon Johnson during his last year as president, Goodwin later helped him prepare his memoirs. Her works include The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; and No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.
Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities.
In April and May 1943, residents of the Warsaw ghetto mounted an armed uprising against German forces. Days of Remembrance ceremonies to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Holocaust are linked to the dates of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
The Museum’s comprehensive campaign will allow it to make critical investments to keep Holocaust memory alive as a relevant force for change—inspiring people worldwide to confront hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.