The 2014 South Florida Luncheon will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Judge Thomas Buergenthal, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, has devoted his life to international and human rights law. A former chairman of the Museum's Committee on Conscience, he served as judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank. He was the first US national to be elected to the UN Human Rights Committee and has served as a member of the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador as well as vice chairman of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. He served for a decade as the American judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27--the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau--as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the United Nations urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.