ADL’s In Concert Against Hate Honors Four “Ordinary” Heroes

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The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.   ADL’s 2013 Concert Against Hate will be a featured event in the celebration of ADL’s Centennial.  For more information about the Concert please visit www.adlconcert.org.

On Monday, October 15th the Anti-Defamation League honored four heroes in the fight against hate and intolerance at The 18th Annual ADL In Concert Against Hate at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  The event annually recognizes individuals for extraordinary acts of courage in confronting intolerance, injustice, extremism and terrorism.  This year’s Concert featured celebrity hosts Jeff Daniels of HBO’s The Newsroom and Madeleine Stowe of ABC’s Revenge.  Daniels and Stowe narrated the stories of this year’s honorees – Irene Fogel Weiss, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Police Officer Moira Ann Smith, and Amardeep Singh Kaleka – interspersed with music from the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emil de Cou.  The evening also featured 2012 Concert Patron Chairs Dr. Tina Alster and Mr. Paul Frazer.

The event was attended by over 2,000 community members from the Washington, DC region and by philanthropic and civil rights leaders from across the country.  This year’s Concert focused on the stories of four “ordinary” people whose extraordinary struggles against hatred and extremism were captured in iconic photographs:

The Concert opened with the story of Irene Fogel Weiss, a Holocaust survivor who, at thirteen, was deported to Auschwitz by the Nazis.  Years later she would learn that her arrival at Auschwitz and the fate of her parents and five siblings had been captured in photographs taken by the Nazis.

ADL also honored Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Freedom Rider and civil rights activist who participated in the sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi in May of 1963.  The photograph of a mob surrounding the three sit-in protesters is regarded as one of the most iconic images of the Civil Rights Movement.

Police Officer Moira Ann Smith, who is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of people at the World Trade Center on September 11th, was also honored.  For her bravery, she was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department’s Medal of Honor.  Her husband, Retired Police Officer James Smith, and thirteen year-old daughter, Patricia Mary Smith, accepted the award on her behalf.

The evening concluded by honoring Amardeep Singh Kaleka.  On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people, including the temple’s founder, Satwant Singh Kaleka.  As the tragedy unfolded, and in the days and weeks that followed, Satwant Singh Kaleka’s son, Amardeep, emerged as the voice of the Sikh community of Oak Creek.

ADL In Concert Against Hate is ADL’s flagship fundraiser for the Washington, DC region, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.  The event raised close to $850,000, funding ADL’s programs to combat bigotry, hatred, and extremism throughout the region.