Diverse Gathering in Los Angeles Pays Tribute

A survivor from the Sobibor death camp, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and 300 schoolchildren were among the more than 1,600 participants in the Museum's 20th Anniversary National Tour event in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 17.

The free, daylong event held at the Skirball Cultural Center brought to Los Angeles an array of Museum programs and opportunities to conduct family research and meet with curators to discuss or donate personal artifacts. The capstone of this special day came when hundreds gathered to honor the more than 300 Holocaust survivors and 80 World War II veterans from Southern California in attendance. Los Angeles radio host and producer Warren Olney added his personal story to the tribute, speaking about his brother-in-law's role liberating a forced labor camp in Germany

A sun-filled central courtyard hosted generations of families and friends and some extraordinary reunions, including two survivors who discovered they were on the same transport to Auschwitz. Accompanied by his daughter, a veteran cameraman from the 9th Air Force spoke about his experience filming the liberation of Buchenwald, and a diverse group of high school students from the Remember Us program shared what it meant to carry the memory and lessons of the Holocaust into the future.

View photos from the event on our Storify page.

Photo: Families participated in an art project  “Building Blocks of Hope,” which is collecting puzzle pieces from children around the country during the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th Anniversary National Tour. US Holocaust Memorial Museum