SOURCE: Jewish Family and Children's Services

	Jewish Family and Children's Services

June 04, 2013 19:46 ET

MEDIA ALERT: A Tribute to Holocaust Survivors: Honoring Those Who Gave Their Testimonies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) -

What: A Tribute to Holocaust Survivors: Honoring Those Who Gave Their Testimonies

When: Sunday, June 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Why: Bay Area Holocaust survivors will be recognized for the vital role they have played as educators. Now all well into their 80s and 90s, the survivors have shared their stories of moral courage, tolerance, and social responsibility to younger generations in person and on videotape. This Sunday, they will be awarded special commendations from San Francisco State University for their efforts. San Francisco State's President, Dr. Leslie E. Wong, will be on hand to bestow these honors.

In addition, the JFCS Holocaust Center, which holds the sixth largest collection of video survivor testimonies in the world, and the USC Shoah Foundation -- co-sponsors of this special program -- will be embarking on a partnership to preserve these testimonies, many now aging and at risk of degradation, so that survivor accounts will live on in perpetuity and future generations throughout the world will benefit from their inspiring messages.

The approximately 1,500 testimonies will be preserved through high-tech digitization processes and will become part of the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archives, reaching millions of students, researchers, teachers, and the public worldwide. The Foundation's honorary chair is renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994.

About Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS):

Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) is one of the oldest and largest family service institutions in the United States, founded in 1850 by immigrant pioneers who arrived in California during the Gold Rush and created an extended family to care for each other.

Today, we continue to be that extended family, serving 75,000 people annually with the highest quality, research-based social services designed to strengthen individuals, strengthen families, and strengthen community.

As the problem-solving center for residents of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties, we are a lifeline for children, families, and older adults facing life transitions and personal crises.

Learn more about us at www.jfcs.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Robert Nagler Miller
    Jewish Family and Children's Services
    415-449-1294
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