Visas for Life: The Righteous and Honorable Diplomats Project
Eric Saul, Executive Director
Tel. 304-599-0614


An Exhibit Honoring
Diplomats Who Rescued Jews and Other Refugees
During the Holocaust, 1933-45
at Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty Museum
in Cooperation with
The National Park Service
American Jewish Committee
Wallenberg Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
World Jewish Congress
Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith
Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance
United Jewish Communities
Jewish National Fund
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous
Museum of Jewish Heritage
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
American Foreign Service Association
US State Department
Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States
Thanks to Scandinavia
American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors

[NYC schedule of events Ellis Island.doc]
Revised February 2, 2008

Visas for Life Exhibit Dedication Activities at Ellis Island Museum

Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 30, 2008 –Visas for Life Exhibit Dedication on Ellis Island

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

9:00 a.m. Please arrive at the Ellis Island ferry in Battery Park in time for the 9:00 am boat. You will need to purchase boat tickets to get to Ellis Island. The ticket office is in the Castle Clinton National Monument, adjacent to the boat dock. Round trip tickets are $12.00. If you miss the boat, the next boat is scheduled for 9:30. (If you take the 9:30 boat, however, you will be late for the morning ceremony.) You will need to go through security screening prior to boarding the boat. The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes to Ellis Island. The first stop of the ferry is the Statue of Liberty. Do not disembark at this stop. The second stop is the Ellis Island National Historic Site. For more information about the ferry, call 212-269-5755 or visit their website at (You can find additional information at

10:15 a.m. (approximate) Arrival at the dock, Ellis Island. Please ask Park rangers for directions to the auditorium for the Visas for Life ceremony.

10:30-11:00 a.m. Go directly to the auditorium for the Visas for Life exhibit opening ceremony. Please note that there is limited seating in this auditorium, so please take your invitations and go directly there.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Visas for Life exhibit opening ceremony. This program will include speeches by leaders of the Jewish community, presentation of certificates, and an award ceremony. In addition, there will be an excerpt of a professional musical play presented on Raoul Wallenberg. Kim Bingham, son of US diplomat Hiram Bingham IV, will be signing his new book, Courageous Dissent.

12:30-12:45 p.m. Ribbon cutting for the Visas for Life exhibit.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch (no host). Public cafeteria at Ellis Island. The cafeteria is located on the ground level.

1:30-2:30 p.m. The Raoul Wallenberg musical and presentations by family members of diplomats who were involved in the rescue of Jews in Hungary.

2:30-3:30 p.m. Tour of the Ellis Island Immigration Station museum by Park Service rangers. We will take a group portrait of all of the families and participants in the Registration Room.

4:00-5:30 p.m. Take ferry back to Manhattan. Ferries leave every 45 minutes. The last ferry is 5:15 p.m.
Monday, March 31, 2008 – Museum of Jewish Heritage and American Jewish Committee Reception
10:00-11:30 a.m. Tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 35 Battery Place, New York (tel. 646-437-4200,

Courtesy VIP tour of the museum, including a special exhibition entitled “Daring the Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust.”

11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch at Museum cafeteria (no host).

1:30-3:00 p.m. Afternoon historic program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Families of diplomats will speak in this program.

Late afternoon. American Jewish Committee, 165 East 56th Street (at 3rd Avenue), New York. (Tel. 212-751-4000.)

We will be having a light reception at the offices of the American Jewish Committee for our families and dignitaries.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 – Jewish History Center/YIVO and New York Tolerance Center
10:00-11:30 a.m. Tour and historic program of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research at the Jewish History Center,15 West 16th Street, Tel. 917-606-8292. The program will be hosted by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (tel. 212-246-6080).

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch (no host).

1:00-2:15 p.m. Program at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Program will include a commemorative program and historical seminar on diplomatic rescue.

3:15-4:30 p.m. Tour of the New York Tolerance Center, 226 East 42nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York (tel. 212-697-1180,