March of the Living to honor Paul Miller for his lifetime commitment to

New York, November 7, 2021: The International March of the Living announced today that Paul Miller will be honored, on November 9, for his extraordinary efforts in defending human rights and protecting human dignity. The award will be presented to Miller in a special commemorative broadcast to commemorate “Kristallnacht” by human rights activist and president of the Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Global Politics (ISGAP) and the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Natan Sharansky. .

Paul Miller is a humanitarian, a paragon of Tikkun Olam, and a pioneer in the fight against anti-Semitism. He founded the Miller Center at Rutgers University in recognition of the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe and America and of intolerance in general. The Miller Center’s mission is to help communities improve their safety and position in society.

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized the murder of Jews and the burning of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria as part of the Kristallnacht pogrom. This event is one of the pivotal moments that led up to the Holocaust. In commemoration of Kristallnacht, the International March of the Living is broadcasting a special program entitled “Let There Be Light” that will air on November 9 from 8:00 to 9:15 (EST) on JBS (Jewish Broadcast Services) and on the Jerusalem Post. The program will honor the moral heroism and courage of those who resisted evil during the Holocaust and at other times of great mortal danger and danger to humanity.

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“Even when evil and hatred seem to reign, there have always been those whose light shines through the darkness, through their inspiring acts of courage and bravery,” said Dr. David Machlis, Adelphi University, Executive Producer of the program. and Vice President. of the International March of the Living.

Participants in the program include the president of the International March of the Living. Phyllis Greenberg Heideman; Former Attorney General of New Jersey and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where he also directs the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University John Farmer; Kristallnacht eyewitnesses, from the USC archives, Leopold Gruenfeld, Sigi Hart and Ernest Rosenthal; Canada’s Special Envoy to Preserve Holocaust Remembrance and Combat Anti-Semitism and former Minister of Justice of Canada, Irwin cotler; Human rights activist and president of ISGAP (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy) and Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center Natan sharansky; Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of the major American Jewish organizations Malcolm Hoenlein; Board Member of the International March of Life Mark Moskowitz,

Founder and Executive Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center Tali natesand the American astronaut from NASA. Jessica Meir, a proud Jewess who spoke about the Holocaust from space and took home a postcard of the Holocaust that she showed on television from her space capsule. The program will be moderated by a distinguished lawyer, author and human rights activist. Richard Heideman.

Among the unique stories of light in dark moments is the story of Carl Wilkens, American Christian missionary and former director of the International Adventist Relief and Development Agency in Rwanda. In 1994, he was the only American who decided to stay in the country after the Rwandan genocide began. Wilkens remained in Rwanda even when others fled, including many high-ranking American officials. He rescued many children, Tutsis, protected orphanages and helped distribute water, food and supplies to besieged areas. Wilkens travels the United States to speak with students, teachers, and parents about his experience in Rwanda. It will also be presented Ani Djirdirian, Broadway actress, singer and passionate Armenian activist.

The program is part of the global initiative of the International March of the Living to commemorate “Kristallnacht”. On the night of November 9, people, institutions and houses of worship around the world will leave their lights on as a symbol of mutual responsibility and shared struggle against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance. Messages of commemoration and hope will be projected on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem.

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