(Washington, D.C.) – Former U.S. Representative and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey will receive the 2020 Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance on October 28 for her lifetime of work combatting anti-Semitism. Last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic.

Chairwoman Lowey represented New York congressional districts in the House of Representatives from 1989-2021. During those 32 years, she fought anti-Semitism by helping relaunch the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism and introducing or supporting legislation related to the Holocaust, ensuring it never happens again.

Violins of Hope

During the same ceremony, Violins of Hope (of Tel Aviv) will receive the 2020 Anne Frank Special Recognition Award for calling attention to the victims of the Holocaust and the resiliency of survivors through concerts. Each violin, donated by or bought from Jewish survivors of World War II, is a remembrance of those who perished and those who survived.

Six violins will be displayed at the award ceremony, including “The Buried Violin,” a violin over 200 years old that belonged to Heinrich Herrmann. When Herrmann was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, his violin was buried underground in the Netherlands for safekeeping. In 1946, Herrmann and the violin were reunited in Palestine. Violinist Michael Shaham will also perform a selection.

The speakers

Representative Kay Granger (TX-12th District), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Appropriations, will introduce the Anne Frank Award. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22nd District), member of the Dutch Caucus, will give welcome remarks. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23rd District), member of the Anne Frank Advisory Committee, will provide closing remarks.

Chairwoman Lowey and Mr. Avshi Weinstein of Violins of Hope will be available for interviews at the event. Media are asked to RSVP to  WAS-PPC@minbuza.nl to attend. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. October 28 in the Library of Congress.

The Anne Frank Award is presented to an American who has demonstrated a commitment to fighting intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism, or discrimination. The Anne Frank Award ceremony is a collaboration among the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Congressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect USA, the Anne Frank House Amsterdam, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.