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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 23, 2000

     President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Stanley M.

Chesley, Barbara W. Grossman and Mel Levine to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Mr. Stanley M. Chesley, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is President of the law firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co. In this capacity, he has been Pro Bono Counsel for the World Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Restitution and others in connection with Holocaust era claims. He also serves as National Vice Chairman of United Jewish Communities, on the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College, and served as Chairman of the Board of the University of Cincinnati, and as a board member of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. Additionally, Mr. Chesley is on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish National Fund and WCET Public Television. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and on the National Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Member of the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He received both his B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Barbara W. Grossman, of Newton, Massachusetts, is an Associate Professor of Drama at Tufts University, where she both teaches and directs departmental productions. She is also active in a number of civic, cultural and human service organizations, including the American Repertory Theatre, Anti-Defamation League, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Women's Archive, Klezmer Conservatory Foundation, New England Holocaust Memorial and People for the American Way. Dr. Grossman has received a number of awards, including a Leadership Award from the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston and the Hubert H. Humphrey Humanitarian Award from the National Jewish Democratic Council. A former member of the National Council on the Arts, she is also the author of Funny Woman: The Life and Times of Fanny Brice. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College, an M.A. from Brandeis University, an M.F.A. from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Tufts University.

Congressman Mel Levine, of Los Angeles, California, is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Earlier, he served as a member of the United States Congress from 1983 until 1993 and as a member of the California Assembly from 1977 to 1982. Mr. Levine was named as one of the "100 Most Influential" lawyers in California in 1999. He serves as Chair of the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Israel-Palestinian "Anti-Incitement" committee established by the Wye Plantation peace agreement and as a U.S. government appointee to the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Advisory Commission. He is also member of Mayor Richard Riordan's International Trade Advisory Committee and is a Director of the Pacific Council on International Policy. During his time in Congress, Mr. Levine was especially engaged in U.S. foreign policy involving international trade and Middle East policy. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. 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.