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Department of State Marks United Nations International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust (Shoah)


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 24, 2013

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Interim Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ambassador Mike Kozak will host a screening of the documentary “Holocaust by Bullets,” Monday, January 28 at 2 p.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Maria Otero will make welcoming remarks. This event will mark the United Nations International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust (Shoah). The film describes the genocide perpetrated in the former Soviet Union against Jews, Roma, and other victims of the Nazis between 1941 and 1944. 

Following the film, Special Envoy on Holocaust Issues Douglas Davidson, will moderate a panel discussion of distinguished experts. The panel includes Father Patrick Desbois of the organization Yahad-In Unum, whose work focuses on uncovering unmarked mass graves in Eastern Europe from World War II; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Victoria Holt; Director of Visiting Scholar Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming; and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Julia Fromholz. The panel will also take questions from the audience. 

The remarks will be open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 1 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for press: 1:30 p.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen, Press Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor at JensenAW@state.gov or (202) 647-0516.



PRN: 2013/0063



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