An inimitable global human rights champion, Los Angeles-based Marvin Hier, who won Oscars for the documentaries ‘Genocide’ and ‘The Long Way Home,’ was recently saluted by the “Hollywood Reporter” in their August 2, 2022 edition.
45 years ago he established The Simon Wiesenthal Center – a powerful and respected global human rights organization.
The Center is researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context.
The institution confronts bigotry, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights globally and dignity and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.
With a constituency of well over 400,000 households in the United States alone, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, they maintain offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem.
Since they opened the Center 45 years ago, more than 7.5 million people have visited, including four presidents of the United States, six prime ministers and a number of prominent leaders and dignotaries of the Arab and Muslim world.
The institution is strongly supported by the Hollywood community, stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and influential industry leaders like Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Meyer, Jim Gianopulos, Bob Iger, Ted Sarandos and Jonathan Dolgen, who have been key advocates of the Center.
Frank Sinatra, one of the earliest Simon Wiesenthal Center Board Members and supporters, was instrumental in introducing the Center to many luminaries in the entertainment industry, relationships that endure to this day.
The Center’s in-house Moriah’s films’ productions have been narrated by some of the most talented and distinguished names in the entertainment industry, many of them Academy Award®-winners: Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Bancroft, Michael York, Sir Patrick Stewart, Kevin Costner, Martin Landau, Brooke Shields, Christoph Waltz, and others.