The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at its 2014 "What You Do Matters" Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon to be held at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. She will be the featured speaker for the event. An expert on the United States presidency, Goodwin has published six critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling books. Her most recent is The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.
The Museum will honor Fern and Manny Steinfeld, leaders in the JUF community, at the luncheon with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Leadership Award for their decades of dedication and support. After leaving Germany just before World War II, Manny Steinfeld enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought to free his home country from Nazi tyranny-learning later that his mother and sister died during the Holocaust.
"The Museum slogan 'Never Again'" is a call to action," he said. "In light of what is happening in many parts of the globe now, it is difficult to believe that only 70 years after the end of the war, chants and protests today are identical to the Nazi chants. The Museum is the voice that will not be stilled and requires your support to continue in its vital mission to remember those that perished and to ensure that future generations will 'Never Again' face human degradation and the loss of freedoms that are the basic rights of all mankind."
"Service has always defined the Steinfelds," said Jill Weinberg, director of the Museum's Midwest Regional Office. "Manny served the country that harbored him from Nazi persecution during World War II and in Korea. Since then, he and Fern have unwaveringly served the Chicago community and numerous other charitable organizations throughout the country and around the world.