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ADL In Concert Against Hate is a powerful and inspirational event that honors heroes in the fight against intolerance, extremism and terrorism. The Concert tells the stories of ordinary men and women who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and compassion when confronted by hatred and bigotry. These are individuals who could not stand by while others were the targets of injustice, but instead chose to act. We also tell the stories of people who were themselves targets of hate, including those who have lost their lives in this struggle.
ADL In Concert Against Hate is held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The stories of the honorees are interwoven with music performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Emil de Cou. Maestro de Cou has conducted this event since 2000. The stories have been narrated by acclaimed actors and personalities such as Matthew Broderick, Rod Steiger, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Barbara Walters, Leonard Nimoy, Judd Hirsch, Tovah Feldshuh, Theodore Bikel, Tony Roberts, and Joshua Malina.
The first ADL Concert was held in 1995 as a special event to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. The Concert honored the memory of four individuals who are recognized as Righteous Among the Nations - non-Jews who rescued Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Response to the Concert was so strong that what was intended to be a one-time experience was transformed into an annual tradition which brings thousands together to be inspired by the stories of real heroes and to stand up against all forms of bigotry, injustice and extremism.