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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 25, 1995
      President Clinton Names Wiesel to Presidential Delegation to
        the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

President Clinton has appointed Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel to head the Presidential Delegation to the Commemoration marking the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp. The Commemoration, organized by the Polish Government, will take place January 26-27 in Krakow and at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex.

Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Richard Holbrooke will be the Delegation's Vice Chairman. President Clinton has asked Mr. Wiesel and Ambassador Holbrooke to convey a Presidential Message to the participants of the ceremonies.

The Presidential Delegation also will include Miles Lerman, Chair of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a survivor of Auschwitz; Jan Nowak, National Director of the Polish-American Congress and a wartime Emissary to the West of the Polish underground Government; Ambassador John Kordek, Co-Chairman of the National Polish American - Jewish American Council; Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Senator Joseph Lieberman, whose parents survived the Holocaust and whose father was Chief Rabbi of Czechoslovakia and; Ambassador Nicholas Rey, U.S. Ambassador to Poland.