Who: Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, whose commitment to peace and human rights was demonstrated in his efforts on behalf of the historic 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended Bosnia's genocidal war.
What: The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization whose work, writings or research reflects the values and commitment to the betterment of humanity. Initiated in 1990, previous recipients of the $10,000 award include Holocaust historians Serge Klarsfeld and Raul Hilberg, Ambassador Uri Lubrani of Israel (the architect of the airlift rescue of Ethiopian Jewry), and Ambassador Dennis Ross.
Why: Ambassador Holbrooke's humanitarian work, as recorded in his memoir, To End A War, reflects his expert diplomatic negotiation and statecraft in brokering a peace agreement among the Serbs, Croats and Muslims engaged in the war in Bosnia.
When: Ambassador Holbrooke will receive the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize at Graduation at HUC-JIR's Cincinnati School on June 2, 1999 at 3:30 pm.
Where: The ceremony will take place the the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.
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