Elie Wiesel to be presented with the inaugural United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award

 This spring, during the Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance commemoration, Elie Wiesel will be presented with the inaugural United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award.

The Museum’s highest honor, the award will be given every year to an internationally prominent individual who has advanced our vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Eighteen years ago, at the Museum’s dedication ceremony, in the presence of thousands of people including President Clinton, Elie spoke stirringly about the meaning of Holocaust memory for our own times.

No one who was present forgets that moment. We invite you to watch Elie’s speech and reflect on his inspiring words.

Elie Wiesel believed that “in remembrance lie the seeds of transformation and renewal.” His conviction that our future should not be like his past drove Elie to lead the effort to create the Unite States Holocaust Memorial Museum and to inspire a worldwide movement to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust forever shape human experience.

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