Obama names Jonathan Safran Foer to Holocaust Memorial Council

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama named novelist Jonathan Safran Foer to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Obama named Foer, 36 and a New York University professor of creative writing, on Friday.

Foer’s debut novel, “Everything is Illuminated,” dealt with the Holocaust and Ukraine during that era. His mother, Esther Safran Foer, directs Sixth and I, a historic synagogue in downtown Washington DC.

The Holocaust Memorial Council governs the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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