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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Brings 20th Anniversary Commemorative National Tour To Los Angeles

Date:               February 17, 2013 Time:              10 a.m.–5 p.m. Location:         Skirball Cultural Center                        2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard                        Los Angeles, CA 90049

Event attendees in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and panel discussions that will engage audiences with thought-provoking questions, such as "Who was responsible for the Holocaust?" What if Hitler had access to the Internet?" "Does memory have the power to change the world?" and "Can we make never again more than a promise?" Speakers include:

  • Sara Bloomfield: Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Warren Olney : Host of PRI's To the Point
  • Peter Hayes : Editor of Lesson and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World
  • Dan Schnur : Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California
  • Elie Attie : Screenwriter, producer, and former political speechwriter
  • Philip Zimbardo : Author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Museum curators will be on site to provide information on how to preserve Holocaust-era artifacts or donate personal collections as part of the Museum's ongoing work to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust. On-site family research and services will be available for survivors and their families. Rare films and historical footage from the Museum's collection that have never been seen outside the Museum's walls will be featured for special viewings.

The Tour will conclude with an hour-long Tribute ceremony (from 4–5 p.m.) to honor southern California-area Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans as they pass a challenge to new generations to always remember the victims and survivors, and to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust.

Attendance is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit or call 866.998.7466.

Los Angeles 20th Anniversary Dinner

Following the Tour stop, the Museum will host a 20th anniversary fundraising dinner (beginning at 6:30 p.m.) featuring keynote speaker Eli M. Rosenbaum of the United States Department of Justice, who has led the US effort to prosecute Nazi war criminals living in the United States; host Forrest Sawyer, veteran broadcast journalist; and special guest Camryn Manheim, Emmy® award-winning actress.

Date:               February 17, 2013 Time:              5:30 p.m. reception; 6:30–8:30 p.m. dinner Location:         Skirball Cultural Center                                                              2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard                        Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tickets to the dinner are $500 per person. For more information or to register to attend, please visit

20th Anniversary National Tour and Tribute

Los Angeles is the second of four stops on the Museum's National Tour, which launched in Boca Raton, Florida, on December 9. Following the stop in Los Angeles, the National Tour will visit two additional US cities:

  • New York : March 3, 2013, Hilton New York
  • Chicago : June 9, 2013, Chicago Cultural Center

On Sunday and Monday, April 28–29, 2013, the National Tribute to Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans will bring together a historic gathering of survivors, World War II veterans, and their families in Washington, DC. All events are free for Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, but registration is required. For ticket and registration information, please visit or call 866.998.7466.

Thousands of people from across the country and around the world will join Elie Wiesel, the Museum's founding chairman, at the National Tribute, which includes a dinner on April 28 and a daylong event at the Museum on April 29. On April 28, the Museum will present its highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award, to Wladyslaw Bartoszewski of Poland, in recognition of all rescuers, and to Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who is accepting on behalf of all World War II veterans. On April 29, Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans and guests will gather for a day of programming and exhibitions, including a preview of the Museum's special exhibition, Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust.

The Museum will be closed to the public to mark the historic occasion.

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