This year's 8th Annual Inter-Agency Holocaust Memorial Program will be held on Wednesday, April 18, and all HUD employees are encouraged to attend from noon to 1 PM at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, NW. The theater can be reached by taking the Green Line Metro to the U Street-Cardozo-13 St. exit.
Preben Munch-Nielson will be the program's keynote speaker. Mr. Munch-Nielson was only 17 years old when he began helping thousands of Danish Jews escape the Nazis, leading them across the border to safety in Sweden. Other speakers will include Rudolf Graichen, a Jehovah's Witness who survived a Nazi concentration camp, and Robert Wagemann, who survived the Nazi's attempt to exterminate the disabled.
The Washington Post's Bob Levey will emcee the event, and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will welcome attendees on behalf of all 21 sponsoring agencies.
The program's speakers will tell their personal stories of personal courage and tragedy. Their stories are a reminder of the destruction caused by the Nazi's persecution of Jews and other groups. The program will commemorate the millions of individuals who lost their lives during the Holocaust, as well as those who resisted Nazi tyranny. This program will also offer those in attendance an opportunity to consider our special responsibilities as federal workers.
Employees who plan to take leave to attend Wednesday's 8th Annual Inter-Agency Holocaust Memorial Program must check with their supervisors prior to the event.