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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 13, 1997



The President announced today his intent to appoint Abraham H. Foxman, Jay Mazur, and Aletta Schaap to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Abraham H. Foxman of New Jersey, has served as the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1987. A Holocaust survivor, he is a recognized authority on the Holocaust and Jewish resistance to the Nazis and has helped focus worldwide attention on the heroic efforts of Christian rescuers of Jews. A leader in the American Jewish Community, Mr. Foxman regularly confers with elected officials and community leaders here and abroad. He has had consultations in Europe, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, South Africa, Argentina and with Palestinian leaders on problems of ethnic hatred, violence and terrorism. Among other issues, Mr. Foxman is active in Black/Jewish dialogue, Church/State issues and religious tolerance. He currently serves on the New York City Holocaust Memorial Commission, serves as the Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and is being reappointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Mr. Foxman earned his B.A. from City College of the City University of New York and his J.D. from New York University.

Jay Mazur, of New York, became President of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) on June 25, 1995. He previously served as President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) from 1986-1995 and as General Secretary-Treasurer of the ILGWU from 1983-1986. Mr. Mazur is also the Vice President and member of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO and the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO. He is a leading spokesman for the rights of immigrants and refugees and immigration reform. Active in efforts to retain manufacturing jobs in this country, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Work in America Institute and a member of the Executive Board and Committee on New America Relations of the National Planning Association. Additionally, he is vice-chair of the Jewish Labor Committee, the President of the Nation Labor Israel, and a member of the New York State Garment Industry Advisory Committee. Mr. Mazur earned his B.A. from the University of New York and his M.A. from Rutgers University.

Aletta Schaap of Maryland, worked for the J. Paul Getty Trust from 1984 through 1996, most recently as the Associate Director for the Getty Information Institute. As Associate Director, Ms Schaap was the chief administrator for the Getty Information Institute, whose mission is to enhance access to art and humanities information for research and education through the use of computer technology. Prior to joining the Getty Trust, she worked as a studio artist in western Massachusetts, where she established and managed a crafts studio. Ms. Schaap is a member of ArtTable, the American Association of Museums, the International Council of Museums, and the American Craft Council. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.F.A. from the University of Puget Sound, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established in 1979 to provide for the annual commemoration and observance of the Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust, and to construct and operate a living memorial to its victims.