France Attends Holocaust Museum’s 20th Anniversary Ceremony
On April 29, François Zimeray, France’s Ambassador at Large for Human Rights, attended the tribute ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The National Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans included keynote speeches from Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize-winning writer, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton inaugurated the museum in 1993 during his first term.
- (left to right) Polish minister of Culture Bodgan Zdrojewski, Museum Director Sarah Bloomfield, German Federal Minister of Defense Dr Thomas de Maiziere, French Ambassador at large for Human Rights and Holocaut Issues François Zimeray
Several hundred Holocaust survivors and World War II Veterans attended the ceremony, as well as some Rescuers, who sheltered and saved Jews from persecution during World War II. French civilians present included Marc Toureille, the son of Protestant pastor Pierre Toureille, one such rescuer who successfully saved hundreds of French Jews in the South of France during the war. Pastor Toureille was later recognized by the Yad Vashem organization as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations."
Ambassador Zimeray also participated in a Special International Program chaired by Sarah Bloomfield, Director of the Museum, on the Future of Holocaust Memory in Europe, along with high level officials from Poland and Germany. François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, also attended.
Located in Washington, the stated goal of the Holocaust Memorial Museum is to serve as "a living memorial to the Holocaust" and to "inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity."
More information on the tribute event is available here.