HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 6, 2005) – Eleven years ago, when
the African nation of Rwanda descended into chaos, one man showed moral
courage in the face of anarchy. Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager and
real-life hero whose story was widely publicized in the film "Hotel
Rwanda," courageously sheltered more than 1,200 refugees from being
Rusesabagina, often referred to as the "Schindler of Rwanda," will
share his story of heroism in Houston on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30
p.m. as the opening lecture of Congregation Emanu El’s new Hero Series
entitled "Eizehu Gibor: Who Are the Real Heroes."
The event, to be held at Congregation Emanu El at 1500 Sunset Blvd.,
is cosponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston and is open to the public.
Admission is free, although donations of nonperishable food items are
For 100 days, from April to September 1994, more than 800,000 people
were killed in Rwanda during an ethnic struggle between two warring
groups, the Hutus and Tutsis. Unfortunately the genocide went unnoticed
by the rest of the world as the Hutus went on a rampage to wipe out the
For two months of his life, Rusesabagina held insanity at bay as he
watched his country fall into the grips of genocide. A Hutu manager of
a luxury hotel in Rwanda, he sheltered more than 1,200 people,
including his wife and children, saving their lives at a time when
extremists massacred hundreds of thousands of the Tutsi.
Rusesabagina was born in 1954 in the central-southern region of
Rwanda. His parents were farmers. He attended the Faculty of Theology
in Cameroon and studied hotel management in Switzerland. He first
joined Sabena Hotels, then was promoted in 1993 to manager of the
Diplomate Hotel and then served as manager of the Mille Collines Hotel.
Rusesabagina was honored this year with the International Freedom Award
from the National Civil Rights Museum.
In 1996, he went to Belgium as a refugee. Since that time, he has
worked as a business man and is involved in charitable organizations
aiding survivors of the Rwandan tragedy.
The lecture is presented by the Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture
Series and Congregation Emanu El Foundation Fund Lecture Series. For
information about this program or the series contact Myra Lipper,
713-529-5771, ext. 222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public
of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop
of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located
in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX
For more information, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.