Miles Lerman, A RemembranceDate: 2/1/2008
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of February 4, 2008
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In recent days, the dreams of presidential candidates and football teams have played out.
Miles Lerman had a dream. Actually, several.
The first was to survive. The Nazis had imprisoned this Polish Jew, but he escaped, spending two years as a resistance fighter.
After the war, he had another dream – to start life again. America gave him the chance.
He came here, like so many others, with nothing other than determination. He built a business and had a family.
But he had other dreams to fulfill. One was the Holocaust Museum in Washington. When it opened in 1993, Miles was its first chair.
Another was to memorialize the Belzec death camp site in Poland, where the Nazis murdered 500,000 Jews, including his immediate family. With AJC’s help, the site was dedicated in 2004.
Sadly, Miles Lerman just passed away. Fortunately, his extraordinary legacy remains.
Visit ajc.org. where you can see a film about the Belzec project.
This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.