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Holocaust Museum Houston brings in $1.1 million at LBJ Moral Courage Award dinner

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166 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Father Patrick Desbois with event chairs Michael Gamson and Barbara Gamson
Honoree the Rev. Patrick Desbois, left, with chairs Michael and Barbara Gamson at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
189 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Father T.J. Martinez, a newly elected member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors, with Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen and Benjamin Warren
The Rev. T.J. Martinez, Tali Blumrosen and Benjamin Warren at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
198 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Mayor Annise Parker with Fred Zeidman, former chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
Mayor Annise Parker with Fred Zeidman at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
115 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Patrick Desbois greets Madeleine Albright, as retiring Museum Executive Director Susan Myers looks on
The Rev. Patrick Desbois greets Madeleine Albright, right, as retiring  Holocaust Museum Houston executive director Susan Myers looks on. Photo by © Dave Rossman
274 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Danny David and Isabel David
Danny and Isabel David at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
854 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Jim Thomson and Ilona Thomson
Jim and Ilona Thomson  at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
26 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Ileana Trevino and Michael Trevino
Ileana and Michael Trevino at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by © Dave Rossman
15 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Shirley Morgan with husband and Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan
Shirley and Bill Morgan at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by © Dave Rossman
10 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Garland Debner Pohl and William Pohl
Garland Debner Pohl and William Pohl at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award dinner. Photo by © Dave Rossman
166 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Father Patrick Desbois with event chairs Michael Gamson and Barbara Gamson
189 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Father T.J. Martinez, a newly elected member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors, with Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen and Benjamin Warren
198 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Mayor Annise Parker with Fred Zeidman, former chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
115 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Patrick Desbois greets Madeleine Albright, as retiring Museum Executive Director Susan Myers looks on
274 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Danny David and Isabel David
854 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Jim Thomson and Ilona Thomson
26 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Ileana Trevino and Michael Trevino
15 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Shirley Morgan with husband and Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan
10 Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award May 2013 Garland Debner Pohl and William Pohl

In its continuing tradition of recognizing those who have exhibited either a lifetime of morally courageous behavior or one momentous righteous act, Holocaust Museum Houston presented its Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award to French Catholic priest Patrick Desbois for his dedication to confronting antisemitism.

The man who uncovered more than 800 hidden mass graves of Jews and Roma killed during the Holocaust was honored before a gathering of more than 920 at the annual dinner, which was held at the Hilton-Americas Houston. Desbois is president of Paris-based Yahad-In Unum, the leading research organization investigating the mass executions that occurred between 1941 and 1944. 

Keynote speaker was former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who received a standing ovation even before she began her remarks on the horrors of genocide and the importance of the United States' role in both stopping and preventing it.

Chaired by Barbara and Michael Gamson, the evening raised $1.1 million for the museum's educational programs on the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy and for its free admission program.

The evening was a poignant moment for outgoing executive director Susan Myers, as the dinner marked her last official day on the job after 15 year at the museum's helm.

The VIP gathering included HMH chair Tali Blumrosen and husband Eric, incoming chair Mark Mucasey and wife Judy, Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan and wife Shirley, Fred Zeidman, Joyce and Arthur Schechter, Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza, Rabbi Brian Strauss, Velva and Fred Levine and Eric and Noyland Pulaski.

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