Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day


Ombach and Moscoviters Families

Rabbi Marvin Hier

The Honorable Irwin Cotler

Students from the Jewish Student Leadership program presenting Holocaust Survivors with sunflowers.

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:00am

Holocaust Heroes Honored at the Museum Of Tolerance on Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jacob and Hennie Ombach were honored (posthumously) by Israel’s Yad Vashem for hiding and saving the Moscoviters family in Holland during the dark days of the Holocaust.

Children and grandchildren from both families were at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance to receive the honor. Survivors of the Holocaust, diplomats and community activists from throughout Los Angeles attended the annual ceremony.

The program included Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and The Honorable Irwin Cotler, Former Canadian Justice Minister, international human rights lawyer, and current Canadian MP, who spoke on "The Holocaust and Human Rights: Lessons For Our Times".

An international human rights lawyer, Irwin Cotler served as Counsel to former prisoners of conscience in the former Soviet Union (Andrei Sakharov and Nathan Sharansky), and in South Africa (Nelson Mandela), and recently, Shoaib Choudhury, a Muslim Bangladesh journalist facing charges for advocating nothing other than inter-faith dialogue and peace with Israel.

A leader in the struggle against impunity and the development of international humanitarian law, Irwin Cotler served as Counsel to the Deschênes Commission of Inquiry in the matter of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice; filed amicus briefs before the International Criminal Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; and was leading advocate for the establishment of an International Criminal Court.

The program also included a presentation by students in the Museum of Tolerance’s Jewish Student Leadership Program, funded by the Jewish Community Foundation.

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