October 2020 -- Tishrei- Cheshvan 5781,  Volume 26, Issue 10

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 2020 New York ‘What You Do Matters’ Tribute Event

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has announced that Stacey Saiontz and Howard Unger of Chappaqua, both Bet Torah members, will be honored on October 14 during the “What You Do Matters” 2020 New York Tribute Virtual Event.


Stacey Saiontz is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivor, Jack Feldman, who was featured in the HBO documentary,  “The Number on Great Grandpa’s Arm,” with Stacey’s son, Elliott. Stacey has championed the cause of Holocaust education through her support of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by serving as a member of the Museum’s Education Committee and as a founding member of the Museum’s New York Next Generation Board. She is also involved with the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and  The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center. She is co-founder of the New Castle Holocaust Memorial and the New Castle Holocaust and Human Rights Committee.


Howard Unger is founder of the investment firm Saw Mill Capital. He grew up hearing the story of his father’s survival of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, which inspired him to become involved in bringing awareness to modern-day genocide.  Unger serves in many roles for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum including as: member of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee, member of the Museum’s Committee on Conscience, Museum Benefactor and member of the Museum’s Strategic Advancement Committee. He is also on the Board of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation.


On Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m., hundreds of supporters in New York; Boston; Hartford, Conn.; New Jersey and across the Northeast region will unite virtually to support the vital mission of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and hear from Ben Ferencz, 100, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor in a moving event, emceed by Diane von Furstenberg.


 Her personal story is one of resilience. Born just 18 months after her mother was liberated from Auschwitz, von Furstenberg says her mother instilled a profound value in her that “fear is not an option,” which has informed her life choices. “As a daughter of a survivor, it is my duty to remind us to remember.”


The tribute will also share inspiring stories, celebrity readings from the Museum’s collections, and an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to the New York Tribute Event’s honorees from the past 10 years:


Facing challenges and opportunities as never before, the Museum continues to uphold its mission to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and bring its lessons to future generations.


Participants will see firsthand how the Museum has adjusted to these extraordinary times by bringing Holocaust education and awareness to audiences virtually, and how the critical lessons of the Holocaust—lessons about the fragility of freedom, the nature of hate and the consequences of indifference—remain vital.


 Advance registration is required. Donations are encouraged. This is a free, online event. The link will be provided to those who register.


Contact the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Northeast Regional Office at 212.983.0825 or northeast@ushmm.org for more information.


A living memorial to the Holocaust, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.