Beverly Hills News
Murry Sidlin Honored At Beverly Hills Dinner
By Shelby Stiner
Jun 12, 2013 - 3:02:38 AM

BEVERLY HILLSA conductor, two nuns, a minister and a movie film company CEO were among the honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s annual National Tribute Dinner Tuesday, June 11 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization whose mission is to confront anti-Semitism and to defend the safety of Jews worldwide.

Conductor Murry Sidlin. Photo courtesy of KFWB News Talk Radio

Conductor Murry Sidlin received the Medal of Valor from the center for his creation of the self described concert drama “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.” This concert drama is a re-creation of Rafael Schachter and his chorus of Jewish prisoners’ 16 performances of the Verdi Requiem at the concentration camp in Terezin, which is now the Czech Republic.

Past recipients of the Medal of Valor include Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank; Congressman John Lewis, who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight for civil rights; and Elisabeth Mann, Auschwitz survivor and longtime volunteer at the Museum of Tolerance.

The center also recognized Mother Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad and Mother Ricarda Beauchamp Hambrough; Waitstill and Martha Sharp; and Jim Gianopulos for their civic and humanitarian efforts in their lifetimes.

Hesselblad and Hambrough, whom received their honors posthumously, were Catholic nuns who sheltered about 60 Jews in Rome after the arrival of the Nazis in Italy in 1943.

The Sharps also helped save Jews during World War II. In 1939, the Sharps sheltered hundreds of Jews in Czechoslovakia and later went on to aid refugees in Southern Europe, France and Portugal.

Gianopulos, the CEO and chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Film, received the Humanitarian award, the center’s highest honor, for supporting the center and its Museum of Tolerance.

The dinner was attended by leader of the entertainment and film industry as well as leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community.

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