The Humanitarian Award is presented annually by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to individuals or groups that have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy in their community, thereby fighting indifference, intolerance, and injustice.
2016 Humanitarian Award Recipient: Dr. Andrea Videlefsky, President of Am Yisrael Chai and founder of The Daffodil Project
(Photo, left to right: Dr. Andrea Videlefsky, Dr. Claire D'Agostino, chair of Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, and Sally N. Levine, executive director of Georgia Commission on the Holocaust)
Dr. Videlefsky is a founding member and current President of Am Yisrael Chai, a non-profit Holocaust education and awareness organization. She founded The Daffodil Project which aims to build a living Holocaust memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world to remember and represent the one and a half million children who died in Nazi occupied Europe. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Videlefsky.
|2011||Governor Nathan Deal|
|2010||Governor Sonny Perdue|
|2009||Michael A. Morris, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum|
|2008||Eli M. Rosenbaum|
|2007||Holocaust Memorial Museum, Leesburg Middle School
We Remember: A Memorial for the Children of the Holocaust, Habersham County Middle School
Children's Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project, Whitwell Middle School
|2006||Rescuers of Baby Noor: Captain Anthony Fournier, First Lieutenant Billy Chau, First Lieutenant Jeffery Morgan, First Lieutenant Charles Morgan, First Sergeant Sergeant Michael Sonen, Staff Sergeant Archer Ford, Sergeant Nicholas Jelks
Charlie Company First Battalion 121st Infantry 48th Bridage Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard
|2005||Dr. Robert R. Friedmann|
|2004||Jaap Polak, Chairman Emeritus of Anne Frank USA|
|2003||General Raymond G. Davis|
|2002||Reverend Gerald D. Durley and Rabbi Steven Lebow|
|2001||Senator Vincent D. Ford|
|2000||Senator Max Cleland|
|1998||Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein|
|1996||Pat Conroy, author|
|1995||Thomas B. Murphy|
|1994||Governor Zell Miller|
2015 Chairman's Liftetime Achievement Award Winner: Ambassador Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast U.S.
Opher Aviran was appointed in August 2010 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. Aviran joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, having since served at the Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, the Embassy of Israel in The Hague in the Netherlands, and the Embassy in Canberra, Australia. In October 2014, Aviran was promoted to the rank of Ambassador. Click here to read more.
(Photo: April 17, 2015 - Chairman Michael Altman with Ambassador Opher Aviran)
|2013||Congressman Phil Gingrey|
|2012||Charles Edwards, CEO and President of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency|
|2010||Dr. Allan Gathercoal|
Judy Serritella, Coordinator of Library Media Services, Georgia Department of Education
Rick Foster, Senior Project Manager, Optech Monnett LLC