Wiesel, Kent among 5 appointees to Holocaust council


(JTA) — Holocaust survivors Elie Wiesel and Roman Kent, and Rwanda genocide survivor Clemantine Wamariya are among the five appointees to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

President Obama appointed the members, who were announced Oct. 28. Other new members are Joseph Gutman and Howard Unger.

“These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles," Obama said.

Wiesel, the Nobel Prize-winning writer and activist, has been on the council since he was its founding chairman in 1980.

Kent, the president of Namor International Corp., is chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants and treasurer of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. He also is president of Jewish Foundation for the Righteous and the International Auschwitz Committee.

Wamariya is an undergraduate student at Yale University.

Gutman, managing director of Grosvenor Capital Management, is the son of a Holocaust survivor. He is an active member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Chicago office and the Birthright Israel executive committee.

Unger, founder of the investment firm Saw Mill Capital, is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, the arm of the council tasked with stimulating worldwide action against genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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