Hyman Bookbinder (1916-) was born in New York City to Polish immigrant parents. He attended City College of New York and did graduate studies in economics, sociology and political science at New York University and the New School for Social Research.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter appointed Mr. Bookbinder a member of the Presidentís Commission on the Holocaust to make recommendations for an American memorial. He then served for six years as a member of the Congressionally authorized U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
Bookbinder worked for the American Jewish Committee, as Washington Representative from 1967 to 1988 and as Special Representative from 1986 to 1988.