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Recognition for Chugh, Karlan, Shah, Siegel, Rosen, Makoff, Barrett

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Sumeet Chugh, MD, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, P.K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, received honors and awards from top professional organizations, and speaking at a recent palliative care conference were Bradley T. Rosen, MD, Eve Makoff, MD, and Todd Barrett, MD.

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April 24 March to Disrupt Traffic at 6500 Wilshire

The annual march protesting the Armenian genocide will take place Friday, April 24. The march will end around noon with a demonstration outside the Turkish Consulate, 6300 Wilshire Blvd. The demonstration will continue into the early evening.

Because 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide's beginning, traffic, parking and Cedars-Sinai shuttle service at 6500 Wilshire are likely to be affected more than in past years. The shuttles' pickup and dropoff point until 7 p.m. that day will be moved to the Big 5 store at 6601 Wilshire.

Shuttle service to other areas may be disrupted as well. Roads will be closed because of the march, which is expected to draw 15,000 people.

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Yom Ha'Shoah Ceremony Honors 6 Million Lives

Charles Selarz and Helene Rozenblat were among the Holocaust survivors who lit candles to honor the Jews killed by the Nazis.

Most were there to honor the memories of men, women and children they never knew — people who lost their lives in one of the darkest chapters in human history.

But some who participated in Cedars-Sinai's 31st annual Yom Ha'Shoah program April 20 lived through the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, while others lost family members and friends. Holocaust Remembrance Day attendees also included children of survivors.

Early in the ceremony in Harvey Morse Auditorium, Holocaust survivors lit six candles honoring the 6 million Jews exterminated in the camps. They were introduced by Joel M. Geiderman, MD, chair of the Holocaust Remembrance Day program, co-chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and vice chair emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Before calling the names of the survivors, Geiderman noted that he recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of his mother's liberation from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A number of his relatives died in the camps.

Journalist and Holocaust historian Eric Lichtblau said he was "shocked and appalled" to learn that the U.S. became a safe haven for as many as 10,000 Nazi war criminals after World War II.

"After World War II, we thought this could never happen again," Geiderman said. "Unfortunately, it has — in Cambodia, in Rwanda and in Sudan. And today in many parts of the Mideast and Africa, Christians are being targeted through death, rape and torture because of their religion.

"We in this room as citizens have the power to help put a stop to such events. This is how we can honor past victims."

The ceremony was also deeply personal for Vera Guerin, chair of Cedars-Sinai's Board of Directors. "Today my heart is with each of you who lost a loved one or friend to the Holocaust," she said in welcoming attendees. "I, too, am a child of survivors of the Holocaust, and I know the meaning all too well of 'We shall never forget.'"

Guerin stressed the importance of fighting injustice and persecution worldwide. "As we remember the suffering and courage of our people, Jews must resolve to live for the day when the world says, 'Never again,'" she said.

The keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and renowned Holocaust historian Eric Lichtblau, illuminated what he called a "shameful and largely unknown chapter in postwar America" in his 2014 book, The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men.

An investigative reporter for The New York Times who worked at the Los Angeles Times for a decade, Lichtblau said he was "shocked and appalled" by what he learned over three years of research about how America became a safe haven for as many as 10,000 Nazi war criminals after World War II. Some were recruited by the CIA and the FBI to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and about 1,600 were scientists brought to the U.S. to develop the technology to send astronauts to the moon ahead of the Soviets.

Lichtblau uncovered all this after gaining access to a secret government report on the Justice Department's efforts in the 1980s to identify and prosecute Nazis living in the U.S. Some had been instrumental in atrocities such as mass shootings and medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Although the Justice Department ended up prosecuting about 130 cases, many of the Nazis lived out their lives without being discovered or died before their cases were adjudicated.

Lichtblau's research led him to facts about survivors of the concentration camps that were as shocking to him as what he learned about Nazis in America. Hundreds of thousands of camp survivors remained in "postwar purgatory," he said. The concentration camps were converted to "displaced person camps," where thousands of Jews who had no place to go died of malnutrition and disease.

U.S. visas for Jewish refugees were severely restricted in the first few years after the war. "Most did not get that golden ticket," Lichtblau said.

Yom Ha'Shoah speakers also included Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC, manager of the Cedars-Sinai Spiritual Care Department. He read an excerpt from Out of the Depths, an autobiography by Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp who grew up to become chief rabbi of Israel. The ceremony concluded with Beverly Hills Synagogue Cantor Netanel Baram singing El Moleh Rachamim, a prayer of remembrance, and attendees reciting the mourner's kaddish.

This year's program honored the memory of Leon Morgenstern, MD, who led the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery to international prominence and organized the first Yom Ha'Shoah event at the medical center in 1985. Others recognized for establishing the annual program included the late Rabbi Levi Meier, PhD, and the Feintech family.