President George W. Bush Appoints Arlene Herson to National Holocaust Council

President George W. Bush Appoints Arlene Herson to National Holocaust Council

Ratio/TV host Arlene Herson has videotaped interviews with death camp survivors

Boca Raton News – Thursday, April 29, 2004

President George W. Bush has named Arlene Herson of Boca Raton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson swore her in at a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. She will serve through Jan. 15, 2009.

“I am honored and privileged to be appointed to such an important and prestigious position,” said Herson. “I look forward to being a productive member of the Council.”

Past and present members include Elie Wiesel, Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Ronald S. Lauder, Kitty Dukakis, Arthur Levitt Jr., Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., and Fred Zeidman.

Herson had been an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, videotaping first-hand testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “It is dreadful that the Holocaust happened, but we must remember and honor those who were victims and be sure nothing like this even happens again,” said Herson.

She is a panelist on “Florida Forum” heard Sundays in South Florida on National Public Radio, WXEL from 11 a.m. to noon and Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. She also hosts and produces the award-winning cable television program “The Arlene Herson Show” in syndication on Manhattan Cable Television every other Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. on Channel 56, and on Boca Raton Educational Television (BRET) Mondays at 8:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. on Channel 98.

She is one of the few lawyers appointed to the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Gov. Jeb Bush appointed her to the Florida Film & Entertainment Advisory Council and former President George Bush named her to the “Take Pride In America” advisory board.

Herson and her husband, Milton Herson, have two children and three grandchildren.