by George J Elbaum
The Holocaust Center’s annual Voices for Humanity Luncheon 2015 was a major success, with record attendance of 850 guests and an eclectic mix of speakers: welcome by Legacy Speaker Arik Cohen, then The Honorable Mayor (of Seattle) Ed Murray, the Voices for Humanity Award 2015 winners Carl & Joann Bianco, followed by the Holocaust Center’s Executive Director Dee Simon, home educated student Penny Rhines, teacher Allison Hancock and her student Jeremiah Moreno, Voices for Humanity video (https://youtu.be/BsV9TffiVEw), comments by students Michael Kimball, Danielle Kim & me, then Educate.Inspire.Take Action presentation by teacher Allison Hancock, and ending with my presentation on my Holocaust childhood (my 1st book, Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows) and the feedback I received from students & teachers at the 90 venues where I’ve spoken in the last 5 years (my 2nd book, Yesterdays Revisted). Preparing this presentation was actually quite a challenge because I was asked to condense both books into 12-15 minutes! I wasn’t totally successful, but almost.
Arrangements and coordination of my presentation were made by Karen Chachkes, the Center’s Strategic Director, and Laurie Warshal Cohen, Special Projects & Development.