“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Elie Wiesel

Maltzes receive U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum award

The Maltzes founded the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio, and support many philanthropic interests through the Maltz Family Foundation

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Tamar and Milton Maltz will be the first Clevelanders to receive the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Leadership Award at the annual Cleveland “What You Do Matters” Luncheon today at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

Grammy-nominated concert pianist and author Mona Golabek spoke about her mother’s harrowing escape from Austria during the Holocaust and performed an excerpt of her one-woman show, The Pianist of Willesden Lane.

Museum director and Cleveland native Sara J. Bloomfield delivered remarks at the event, which drew 500 local Museum supporters, including 50 area Holocaust survivors.

Tamar and Milton Maltz were presented with the Museum’s National Leadership Award for their years of dedication and support. The Maltzes founded the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio, and support many philanthropic interests through the Maltz Family Foundation.

“The Maltzes truly embody the philosophy of ‘What You Do Matters,'” said Jed Silberg, deputy director of the Museum’s Midwest Regional Office. “Tamar and Milton have steadfastly served the Cleveland community and numerous other charitable organizations throughout the country and around the world. They have demonstrated extraordinary generosity and leadership to the Museum, and we are proud to honor them.”


Sara J. Bloomfield, a Cleveland native, spoke at the event. She has led the Museum for 16 years, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention.

Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated concert pianist and author who recently starred in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Cleveland Playhouse. She was taught to play the piano by her mother, Lisa Jura, a Holocaust survivor who was a musical prodigy from Vienna. Jura, along with Golabek’s grandmother, Malka, are the subjects of Golabek’s book, The Children of Willesden Lane, on which her live show is based. It tells the story of Jura’s flight from Vienna to safety in England on a Kindertransport at the age of 14 and her courageous journey to fulfill her dream of becoming a pianist.

The event was chaired by David Heller and Ronald Ratner, members of the Museum’s presidentially appointed governing council. Kip Reader served as the corporate chair and the luncheon supported the Museum’s national campaign, “Never Again:What You Do Matters.”

About the National Campaign

Through its national campaign Never Again: What You Do Matters, led by honorary chair Elie Wiesel, the Museum seeks to make critical investments to keep Holocaust memory alive as a relevant, transformative force in the 21st century. The $540 million comprehensive goal includes building a stronger endowment, an increased annual fund, and a new Collections and Conservation Center. Visit www.ushmm.org/campaign to learn more about how you can join us in this urgent effort.

About the Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States 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. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org

Source: WKYC in Ohio

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