Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program

This year’s Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program, “Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival,” will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and takes place during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day.  You are invited to attend this powerful program in person and have an up-close experience learning about the Holocaust and its lessons for today.  The program will also be live-streamed.

Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from two Holocaust survivors: Thomas Buergenthal and Hans Fisher.

  • judge_thomas_buergenthalJudge Buergenthal grew up in the Jewish Ghetto of Kielce (Poland) and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. His memoir, A Lucky Child, describes these experiences and has been published in many countries. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, he served as a judge on both the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as Dean of Washington College of Law at American University, and as Director of the Human Rights Program of the Carter Center.
  • dr_hans_fisherDr. Fisher was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). In May 1939, six months after Kristallnacht – the night the Nazis subjected thousands of Jews to terror and violence – he fled Germany on the refugee ship, the St. Louis. After Cuba and the United States rejected the ship and its mostly Jewish passengers, he was forced to return to Europe, but eventually made his way back to Cuba and, in 1941, the United States. Dr. Fisher was a professor and innovative researcher at Rutgers University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences for 20 years and as Associate Provost.

The Lincoln Theatre is across from the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station (Green/Yellow Lines). Information on how to access the live-streamed broadcast of the program will be available at www.holocaustremembrance.org closer to the program date. To request reasonable accommodation, please email Wendy Doernberg at WDoernberg@doc.gov.