Holocaust survivors with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.
Marilena Librescu, widow of Liviu
Librescu, lights a ceremonial candle with student Oren Mitzner.
More than 300 people attended this
year's awards dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat delivers
the keynote address.
Stuart Eizenstat praised Holland &
Knight for its commitment to the Holocaust Remembrance Project.
Virginia Tech Enginneering professor
Dr. Robert Heller (speaking) and Provost Mark McNamee spoke of their
colleague, Liviu Librescu.
Katerina Belkin with Janis & Philip
Schiff. Belkin received the $3,000 Schiff Humanitarian Scholarship.
Ashley Eberhart with Chad and Paula
Tiedemann. Eberhart received the $5,000 Tiedemann Family Righteous
Among the Nations Scholarship.
Mark Salomon with his parents (left)
and Robert Chasnow (right). Salomon received the $10,000 Herman
Chasnow Memorial Scholarship.
Xinyi ("Alice") Li from Duluth
Georgia received the $18,000 Liviu Librescu Memorial Scholarship.
Siobhan Roland, a finalist in the
"Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation competition, sang at the
A trademark of the JW Marriott chefs,
the White House dessert was a hit with the crowd!
On Thursday, July
19, Holocaust survivor, Henry Greenbaum shared his
story before leading the group to the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum where he volunteers. During the
group's visit to the museum, they heard from special
guest speaker Daoud Ibarahaem Hari, a refugee from
Darfur who received assistance from Chris Nugent and
the CST team in seeking asylum in the United
Afterward, the students toured the museum with
Thursday evening was the annual dinner
where the student essayists, teachers and
students were honored and the scholarships were
awarded. This year's keynote speaker was former
senior government official and Presidential
advisor Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat. A special
presentation was made by James Bohland of
Virginia Tech in honor of Professor Liviu
Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, who was killed
during the Virginia Tech massacre on Holocaust
Remembrance Day. Professor Librescu's widow,
Marilena Librescu attended the dinner as a
special guest. The night of the dinner was her
last night in the United States. She is now
living near her sons in Israel.
Six essayists received a $2,500 scholarship.
Four other students received special
scholarships. Janis and Philip D.
Schiff awarded Katerina Belkin a $3,000
scholarship in recognition of her humanitarian
efforts. Chad and Paula Savren
Tiedemann awarded their $5,000
Righteous Among the Nations scholarship to
Ashley Eberhart. Bob Chasnow
awarded the $10,000 Herman D. Chasnow Memorial
scholarship to Mark Salomon. This year's
special scholarship, totaling $18,000 in memory
of Professor Liviu Librescu, was made possible
through donations by Holland & Knight attorneys
and staff. The scholarship was awarded to Xinyi
(Alice) Li. Scholarship judges included
Holocaust survivors, Holland & Knight
scholarship sponsors, Holocaust scholars and
members of the Holland & Knight dinner
On Friday, July 20, the group spent the morning
recapping the events from the week. Each
student, teacher and survivor had an opportunity
to share his/her reactions to the week. The
feedback that Tom Holcombe and
Angela Ruth received indicated
that the program was a resounding
success. Students and teachers pledged to carry
on the stories of the survivors, and the
survivors praised the students and teachers for
their commitment to humanity. All thanked
Holland & Knight for the life-changing
experience. The group spent the afternoon
touring the monuments before saying their final
goodbyes and heading to the airport for the
return trip home.
Henry Greenbaum (79) Born
in Starachowice, Poland. He resides in
Washington, D.C. Henry was the youngest of
nine children. In 1939, Henry and his
family were sent to the ghetto in their
town. They stayed there until October 1942
when a selection was made. Henry and his
three sisters were chosen to work in the
slave labor camp in their town. In 1943,
Henry was sent to Auschwitz and placed in
the Buna Monowitz-satellite camp. There he
worked for the I.G. Farben Company. He was
later sent to the concentration camp of
Flossenburg in Germany. After a four-month
death march, Henry was liberated in Germany
on April 25, 1945. In 1946, he moved to the
United States. Henry was married in 1947
and has four children. In 1954, he opened
the Windsor Valet business in Washington,
D.C. He retired in 1998 and is now a
volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
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