NEW YORK, N.Y. – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum honored Hartford native Alan Lazowski, chairman and CEO of LAZ Parking and member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, with its National Leadership Award.
Over 500 people attended the dinner, which raised $2.6 million to support the Museum’s national campaign, Never Again What You Do Matters, which helps keep Holocaust memory alive as a transformative force. The dinner also featured guest speakers Katie Couric and Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Ret.), the commander of the international peacekeeping force during the Rwandan genocide, and a special tribute to Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel.
“Alan is an incredible supporter and advocate for the Museum’s mission, and we are proud to recognize him with this honor,” said Andi Barchas, director of the Museum’s Northeast Regional Office. “The commitment of individuals like Alan allows the Museum to continue to confront hatred, antisemitism, and genocide today. Sadly, Lieutenant-General Dallaire’s testimony reminds us that this work remains critical in today’s world as genocide continues to threaten populations 70 years after the Holocaust.”
“I’m humbled by this recognition from the U.S. Holocaust Museum. As the son of Holocaust survivors, it is an honor to support the museum and to be a part of its valuable cause,” said Lazowski. “The museum is not just a memorial to one of the worst tragedies in history, it exists so that we never forget the atrocities of genocide and work hard to prevent them from happening again.”
Lazowski’s parents survived the Nazi occupation of Poland. His father, Rabbi Philip Lazowski, recounted his experience in his book Faith and Destiny. After immigrating to America, Philip Lazowski became spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield, where Alan Lazowski grew up.
For the past 25 years, Lazowski has supported the Museum’s mission including raising funds for the new David and Fela Shapell Collections and Conservation Center, which will open in 2017. In 2014, President Obama appointed Lazowski to the Museum’s Memorial Council, where he serves on the education committee.
CAP: At the dinner honoring Alan Lazowski: (l to r) Chairman U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Tom Bernstein, Marcia Lazowski, Museum Director Sara Bloomfield, Katie Couric, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire, and Alan Lazowski. Photo credit: Michael Priest for U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum