Obama Appoints Jonathan Safran Foer to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

President taps novelist for post as he announces several other key administration appointments; Foer's acclaimed debut novel tells story of a Ukrainian family during and after the Holocaust.


U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed novelist Jonathan Safran Foer on Friday as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Obama announced the appointment alongside several other key administration appointments and nominations.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” the president said in a statement.

Foer's debut novel, "Everything is Illuminated," told the story of a Ukrainian family during and after the Holocaust. His mother, Esther Safran Foer, directs Sixth and I, a historic synagogue in downtown Washington.

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

In 2010, he was selected as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writers to watch.

Foer, 36, is also a New York University professor of creative writing. He currently lives in New York with his wife, novelist Nicole Krauss, and their two children.

Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer at the Writers Festival in Jerusalem on May 4, 2010.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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