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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Preserving Memory, Promoting Truth

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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 Please join the Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) and the Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) for a special Yom Hashoah commemoration – Holocaust Remembrance Day: Preserving Memory, Promoting Truth.

While we here in the United States are focused on providing quality Holocaust education to our students – some governments in Eastern Europe are actively whitewashing and rewriting the history of Holocaust criminals, naming schools after them, and building monuments in their honor. During this special commemorative event in recognition of Yom Hashoah you will hear the story of Silvia Foti, author of “The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered my Grandfather Was a War Criminal” – and Grant Gochin, a descendant of Holocaust victims who were murdered by Silvia’s grandfather. Today, Silvia and Grant work together to promote accurate Holocaust history, education, and remembrance.

Moderated by:
Frank Ariel
Chairman, Public Affairs Committee, Iranian American Jewish Federation

Dillon L. Hosier
Chairman and CEO
Israeli-American Civic Action Network

Rabbi David Wolpe
Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple
Named one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles in 2016 and again in 2017, Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by The Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A columnist for Time.com, he has been published and profiled in The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. He has been featured on The Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC This Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition, Rabbi Wolpe has appeared prominently in series on PBS, A&E, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His new book is titled David, the Divided Heart. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.

Silvia Foti
American Journalist and Author
Silvia Foti is a journalist, teacher, and mother living in Chicago, IL. She holds Masters degrees in Journalism, Education, and Creative Non-fiction, and has written two books. She has been published in Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, Southtown Economist, and has won awards for her investigative journalism. Foti is the author of The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather was a War Criminal a first-hand account of a journey which began as an act of family pride, to write about her famous Lithuanian war hero grandfather, but ended with a terrible discovery: that he was a Nazi war criminal.

Grant Arthur Gochin
Holocaust History Researcher and Advocate
Grant Arthur Gochin is an activist for the truth about Jewish history in Lithuania. He is a serial litigant against the Lithuanian government to document their official positions and expose their Holocaust distortions and other antisemitic actions. Grant is the author of “Malice, Murder and Manipulation.” Professionally, he is a Certified Financial Planner and Wealth Manager in Los Angeles.


April 6
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT