Bill Clinton to deliver keynote speech at Holocaust museum opening

March 25th, 2009 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 25 (ANI): Former US President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech on April 19 when the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center opens for the first time in Skokie.

Clinton will join Governor Pat Quinn, foreign dignitaries and Holocaust survivors at a ceremony that will mark the much-anticipated opening of the museum.

The ceremony will begin at noon April 19 under a large tent outside the museum, 9603 Woods Drive, The Sun Times Group reported.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will likely be the last museum about the Holocaust to be built with the active participation of survivors. It is expected to draw visitors from well beyond Skokie since it is the largest institution in the Midwest dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will also teach current generations to fight hatred, indifference and genocide in today’’s world, Museum Executive Director Richard S. Hirschhaut said.

President Clintons participation in the dedication of this world-class institution truly sets the tone for what we want the museum to be, he said.

In 1993, then President Clinton spoke at the dedication ceremony for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (ANI)

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