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NOV 10, 2017

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Honored At Los Angeles Museum Of The Holocaust’s ‘Preserve The Legacy, Shape The Future’ Gala’

Beverly Hills Courier

Beth Kean, Wolf Blitzer, Melissa Rivers

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Executive Director Beth Kean, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and TV personality and author Melissa Rivers at the museum's annual gala. Photo by Gina Cholick

Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor and host of The Situation Room was honored by Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its annual gala, “Preserve the Legacy, Shape the Future,” last Sunday at The Beverly Wilshire.

Blitzer was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors Cesia and David Blitzer. In 2014, when he participated in CNN’s Roots program, he learned during a visit to Yad Vashem that his paternal grandparents died in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 2015, he hosted the CNN documentary Voices Of Auschwitz, which profiled four survivors.

Melissa Rivers, The New York Times best-selling author, award-winning producer and entertainment journalist, was the emcee.

The gala, attended by more than 700 people, including 74 Holocaust Survivors, featured a special preview of the museum’s new virtual reality project, an educational tool using cutting-edge technology to present Holocaust survivor testimonies in an engaging and interactive way for generations to come.

In addition to Blitzer and Rivers, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse spoke about her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park is the oldest museum of its kind in the U.S. Founded in 1961 by a group of local Holocaust Survivors who wanted a permanent, safe home for their Holocaust-era photos and artifacts, the museum moved to its permanent home in Pan Pacific Park in 2010.

The museum dedicates itself as a primary source institution, commemorating those who perished, honoring those who survived, and housing artifacts that weathered the Holocaust era. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust provides free Holocaust education and opportunities for dialogue with Holocaust survivors to the public.

The museum is open seven days a week, and admission is always free.