37th Annual ADL Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program Featured Holocaust Survivor Sidney Zoltak

  • May 3, 2018

Governor John Hickenlooper and Cantor Zachary Kutner light the Holocaust memorial candelabrum at ADL’s 37th Annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program [Photo credit: Dr. Paul Docktor]

On April 24, approximately 1700 guests joined ADL for its 37th Annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program, one of the largest such events in the United States. This year’s program, at Temple Emanuel in Denver, featured a conversation with Holocaust Survivor Sidney Zoltak. Zoltak survived the final fourteen months of the Holocaust hidden in shelters dug below the outbuildings on a farm in Poland. The final family that hid Zoltak and his parents was designated as “Righteous Among the Nations.” Zoltak immigrated to Canada after the war. His story is recorded in the memoir “My Silent Pledge” [MiroLand, 2013].

The program also featured a message to Colorado delivered by Governor John Hickenlooper, remarks by ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin, a memorial service and recognition of the winners of ADL’s “A Tribute to Moral Courage” student essay contest.

ADL is grateful to Mountain States Regional Board Members Adam Berger, Justin Borus and Linda Schatz for chairing the program, and to the program’s generous sponsors: The Consulate General of Canada, The Curtiss-Lusher Family, The Feiner Family Foundation and Michael and Debbie Feiner, The M. B. Glassman Foundation, JEWISHcolorado and The MDC/Richmond American Foundation. Special thanks to Spectrum AV and to Temple Emanuel for their in-kind contributions.

Holocaust Survivor Sidney Zoltak and ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin [Photo credit: Jim Medford]

A Tribute to Moral Courage Student Essay Contest Winners
L-R: Governor John Hickenlooper, Stewart Nowack, Nicolette Alcon, Chloe Avant, Chloe Stemm, Kelly Song, Emily Struck, ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin [Photo credit: Jim Medford]

Canadian Consul General Stephane Lessard addresses program attendees [Photo credit: Dr. Paul Docktor]

Dignitaries applaud Holocaust Survivor Sidney Zoltak
L-R, first row: ADL Regional Board Chair Jim Kurtz-Phelan, Governor Hickenlooper, Canadian Consul General Lessard
L-R, second row: Rabbi Joe Black, Rabbi Jamie Arnold, program co-chairs Adam Berger, Justin Borus and Linda Schatz [Photo credit: Dr. Paul Docktor]