Brian Schwalb, partner-in-charge of Venable’s Washington, DC office, will host “To Protect and Serve: What the Holocaust Teaches for Law Enforcement Today” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) on February 23, 2022.
The program will focus on USHMM’s critical work and long-standing relationship with law enforcement personnel. In the 1930s, as the Nazi Party implemented its campaign of hate and violence, police in Germany helped enforce laws that violated the ideals of service and protection. Since 1999, USHMM has invited law enforcement personnel to participate in programs designed to examine the roles played by their historical counterparts in Nazi Germany – including those who cooperated and those who did not – with the goal of helping new recruits and veteran officers better understand their own professional and individual responsibilities. The program will feature an interactive conversation with J. Thomas Manger, chief of the United States Capitol Police, about the role of police in society, the importance of their relationship with the community, how examining the past can inform the present, and other topics.
“One of the reasons I support the USHMM is that it is committed to using the lessons of the Holocaust, on an ongoing basis, to ensure our country and our world strive to become more just and equitable, and eradicate genocide,” said Mr. Schwalb.
A federal, nonpartisan educational institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum serves as America’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, dedicated to ensuring the permanence of Holocaust memory, understanding, and relevance. Through the power of Holocaust history, the Museum challenges leaders and individuals worldwide to think critically about their role in society and to confront antisemitism and other forms of hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
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