Paul Wos, a member of the Polish Underground, rescued a dozen Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. For his courage and compassion, he has been recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, the official designation for Christian rescuers. A participant in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Wos was captured by the Nazis and sent to Flossenberg Concentration Camp. Mr. Wos will be accompanied by his daughter, Dr. Aldona Wos.
Johnny Micheal Spann, a former Marine captain and part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division—the Agency’s equivalent of the Special Forces—he was one of the first to go in to Afghanistan after September 11th. Mike Spann was killed by Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners in the uprising at Mazar-i-Sharif on November 25, 2001. He was the first America to die in the war against terror. Mike Spann’s father, Johnny, will represent the Spann family at the Concert.
Dr. David Applebaum was one of Israel’s most revered medical experts in treating terror victims. He was a pioneer in trauma care and was invariably the first on the scene of terror attacks in Jerusalem. His daughter, Naava, has just completed her national service in Israel, working with cancer victims, and was planning to be a geneticist. She was to be married on September 11, 2003. On September 9, Dr Applebaum and his daughter were killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem as they sat in a café discussing her wedding. Dr. Applebaum’s son, Natan, will represent the family at the Concert.
Nicola Waddell, in the wake of the Crown Heights riots, a group of African-American and Jewish high school students came together with ADL to search for some answers. The result was ADL’s Peer Training program, which has trained thousands of teenagers to confront stereotypes and prejudices. Nicola Waddell was a member of that first team of Peer Trainers. The experience changed her life.
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