The Tianaderrah Foundation 2011
Outstanding Citizen Award

Mark HanisMark Hanis, DC, is the winner of the Outstanding Citizen Award. Mr. Hanis is the Founder and President of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition (GI-NET/SDC), the largest anti-genocide organization in the world, boasting a supported base of over one million activists, a nationwide student movement, and a network of institutional investors totaling over 700 billion assets under management. Mr. Hanis has been honored with Ashoka, Echoing Green and Draper Richards Fellowships and is a 2009 World Economic Forum Global Leader. GI-NET/SDC has been featured in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Republic. Mr. Hanis has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including CNN Headline News, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR. He was a guest speaker at The Anne Frank Center USA two years ago during the Center’s exhibit on Darfur.

The Tianaderrah Foundation seeks to remember and honor Johannes Wilhelmus van de Pol. In August 1942 he began to warn the Jews of Amersfoort to resist wearing yellow stars and urged them to go into hiding. His wife, Annie, and he successfully hid over 40 Jews and ensured their survival. He was betrayed and was forced into hiding as well. Mr. van de Pol was distributing food stamps to those in hiding when he was killed near the end of World War II. However, his actions started a resistance movement which, due to its early start, led to saving over 750 Jews of Amersfoort.