Department of State Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 19, 2017


Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom HaShoah in Hebrew – marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This year, Yom HaShoah will be observed in the United States on April 24, which corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar.

On April 20, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., the Department of State and the Embassies of Lithuania, Japan, and Israel will sponsor an event at the U.S. Department of State to commemorate this year’s Yom HaShoah observance.

The State Department event will honor the legacy of Mr. Chiune Sugihara, Japanese Consul to Lithuania from 1939-1940, who saved the lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees by issuing transit visas to Japan. The keynote speaker for the program is Mr. Leo Melamed of Chicago, who survived the Holocaust thanks to Consul Sugihara. We will screen the film, Persona non Grata, which is the story of the Consul’s efforts. Mr. Cellin Gluck, the film’s director, will attend and engage in a question and answer session after the screening.

The program will take place on April 20, 2017, at 12:15 in the State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium.

This event is open to the press. Video cameras, journalists and still photographers will need to arrive at the 23rd Street entrance to the Department of State by 11:30 a.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 from the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.