Dinner to honor “Those Who Spoke Out”

Special to the Ledger

The courageous minority of Americans who spoke out against the Holocaust will be the focus of the 10th anniversary dinner of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, on Nov. 18 in New York City.

The event will include a special preview of “They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust,” the Institute’s critically acclaimed DVD collaboration with Disney Educational Productions.

The evening will also include a special video presentation about the Institute’s forthcoming book, Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, which showcases American editorial cartoonists from the 1930s and 1940s who tried to warn the Free World about what was happening to the Jews in Europe.

Sigmund A. Rolat, the noted philanthropist and activist, will receive the Wyman Institute’s Jan Karski Award for Speaking Out. Stephen Solender, former executive director of the UJA-Federation of New York, is the dinner chair.

The Institute is named after Prof. David S. Wyman, author of the 1984 best-seller The Abandonment of the Jews, which is widely regarded as the definitive study of the Roosevelt administration’s response to the Holocaust.

In the ten years since its founding, the Wyman Institute has established itself as the authoritative source for information concerning how the U.S. government, news media, churches, and Jewish community reacted to news of the Nazi genocide. The Institute has also emerged as a leading voice in debates about contemporary genocide and U.S. human rights policy, including controversies such as the international community’s weak response to the Darfur genocide, the refusal of the U.S. government to recognize the Armenian genocide, and Iran’s genocidal threats against Israel.

The Wyman dinner will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York City, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, with cocktails at 5:30 pm, followed by the dinner and program at 6:15. For more information call (202) 434-8994 or visit

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