THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Aboard Air Force One en route San Francisco, California) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release November 30, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TWO MEMBERS TO THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST
The President today announced his intent to appoint John T. Pawlikowski and Jerome J. Shestack to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Father John T. Pawlikowski, of Chicago, Illinois, is a Priest of the Servite Order and Professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union, a constituent school of the Hyde Park Cluster of Theological Schools at the University of Chicago. He is also the author/editor of several books, including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology and Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue. Father Pawlikowski is past Co-Chair of the National Polish American-Jewish Council and Vice President of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies. He is also a member of several Boards, including the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, the International Ethics Advisory Board of the World Conservation Union and the Institute of World Spirituality. He has appeared frequently on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Israel and the Vatican. Father Pawlikowski received his B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Jerome J. Shestack, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is Chair of the Litigation Department of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen. He served as President of the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1997-98. Earlier, Mr. Shestack served in several other key positions within the ABA, and was cited by the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States. Recognized as a world leader in the international human rights movement, Mr. Shestack served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights under President Carter. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists. Mr. Shestack is also Counselor to the American Society of International Law, and was founder and first chair of the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, as well as a founder of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He chaired the International League for Human Rights for the past 20 years. Mr. Shestack received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his LLB from Harvard Law School.
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. The Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in 1993.