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Mr. Menachem Rosensaft

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, the editor of "God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes, Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors" (http://www.jewishlights.com/page/product/978-1-58023-805-2), (Jewish Lights Publishing), available December 2014, is General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress, Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.

Born on May 1, 1948 in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen, the son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, he has long been a leader in Holocaust remembrance activities. He was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by both President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton, and in June 2009, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Era Restitution Issues in Prague. He is Senior Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, and Founding Chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. He is also a former National President of the Labor Zionist Alliance, and was President of the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan from 2003 until 2008.

On May 5, 1985, he organized and led a demonstration at the mass-graves of the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in protest against visits that day by President Ronald Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to Bergen-Belsen and the German military cemetery at Bitburg. In April 1987, he played a key role in convincing the government of Panama not to give sanctuary to Nazi war criminal Karl Linnas, and in ensuring Linnas’ deportation from the United States to the Soviet Union. In December 1988, he was one of five American Jews who met in Stockholm, Sweden, with senior leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization, resulting in the PLO’s first public recognition of Israel.

He is the editor of _Life Reborn, Jewish Displaced Persons 1945-1951, published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2001, and has contributed articles to numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The Jerusalem Post, The National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, and the New York Jewish Week.