At the helm of the Queen Esther Project, a charitable humanitarian endeavor, is Lisa Benson, a 25-year veteran of humanitarian, foreign policy, national security and nonprofit sectors. Lisa has been the voice of accurate, measured foreign policy information on Salem Radio KKNT, Phoenix, and the architect of Lisa Benson TV (streaming) and countless video and published reporting on geo-political issues. She is a compelling public speaker, broadcaster, non-profit development consultant, writer, humanitarian, and national security analyst.
Lisa Benson is the author of a soon to be published book, “A Daughter’s Journey Into Ohrdruf Concentration Camp.”
As a child, Lisa was introduced to the horrors of genocide by her father, Vincent, a concentration camp liberator. She remembers being only ten-years old when her dad sat her down at the kitchen table and tossed 12 packs of photos to her. His words resonate, “I want you to know where I was and what I saw.” Lisa recalls this story with tears in eyes as she will never forget that moment.
The photos of piled up dead bodies were taken by Vincent when he marched into Ohrdruf concentration camp liberating it on April 4, 1945. The Ohrdruf camp was a sub camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and the first Nazi camp liberated by U.S. troops.
From a 10-year old little girl with indelible memories, to a grown woman traveling the world speaking out on atrocities of unfathomable proportion, Lisa Benson holds nothing back as a speaker, broadcaster, activist or human rights educator. She is a riveting, compelling and transformational public speaker.
The Queen Esther Project imbues the spirit of its namesake: Queen Esther. Knowing that “We Are All Born For Such A Time As This,” The Queen Esther Project has an ambitious agenda to educate, and eradicate, tyranny and genocide. Using the tools of broadcasting, publishing, online education, public speaking and fostering communication to world leaders, donors can be assured that with Lisa’s guidance projects will provide impact — the men, women and children in harm’s way will now have more Queen Esther’s to walk with them to safety.
Lisa Benson invites you to join in the campaign to rid the world of genocide by 2022. The #EndGenocide2022 campaign seeks to obliterate the forces of genocide by the year 2020. We won’t stop until all ethnic and religious minorities are out of harm’s way.
Lisa Benson has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and attended graduate studies at the Rockefeller College of Public Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. Lisa is also an avid hiker and artist.
Photo Courtesy: Vincent R. Pandone
Concentration Camp Liberator of Ohrdruf, April, 1943
Mr. Pandone was with General Patton’s, 89th Infantry. His efforts as a liberator are chronicled in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.
Honorary Chair, Dr. Inge Auerbacher
Holocaust Survivor, Chemist, Author, Public Speaker
Inge was born in Germany and spent three years between 7-10 years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, about 1 percent survived. She remembers when the now famous children’s opera “Brundibar” was first written and performed while she was in Terezin.
Inge, even to this day, travels the world and tells the story of the Nazi Holocaust.
Inge is the author of “I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust,” “Beyond the Yellow Star to America,” and “Finding Dr. Schatz - The Discovery of Streptomycin and a Life It Saved.”
Inge is an America treasure; she is tireless in her efforts to educate the world on the horrors of tyranny and genocide.
On December 5, 2015, Dr. Inge Auerbacher received the “Queen Esther Pin of Valor” at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel given to her by Lisa Benson, President, The Queen Esther Project.
The Queen Esther Project is grateful to Inge Auerbacher for serving as its Honorary Chair.
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