Nov 142012
 

Our conference was a great success, with over 400 survivors and families, including 2G’s and 3G’s.

We had many inspirational speakers, meaningful workshops, and engaging panels.

Please keep looking at our website for updates. More photos to come. To see larger photos, please click on the thumbnail pictures.

Feb 062012
 

2012 United Nations Holocaust Remembrance:

The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust focussed on the theme, “Children and the Holocaust”.

The theme served to highlight the impact of mass violence on children.

United Nations’ annual observance of
the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Friday, 27 January 2012
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
the General Assembly Hall, UN HQ, New York

The solemn ceremony on the theme “Children and the Holocaust” featured a video message remarks by UN Secretary-General, and statements by the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representatives of Israel and the Dominican Republic to the United Nations.

The UN Holocaust Programme’s new study guide for children was also launched.

Keynote remarks was made by Professor Robert Krell (Canada), a child survivor and a psychiatrist.

Please visit the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center
 to find the link to the UN Address.
When at the VHEC website click on “Watch the video.”
Jan 172012
 

Polish public television TVP SA produced this documentary about the Warsaw 2011 conference. Click on the video below to watch. Polish and English with some Polish subtitles.

Children Of The Holocaust (Polish TV) Warsaw 2011 from WFJCSHD on Vimeo.

Polish TV documentary about the 2011 Warsaw meeting of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants.

Jan 122012
 

On August 29th, the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants met in Warsaw Poland for an historic…

Speeches

Professor Adam Rotfeld gave a speech about forgiveness and reconciliation.

To read the speech, click here: Professor Adam Rotfeld’s Speech “Memory of Nations. About the Right to Forgive and Reconciliation”

Videos

Opening night ceremony video: click here to go to video

Polish TV Documentary: click here to watch video

Photographs

Please click here to view the Warsaw 2011 conference photo album:  Warsaw 2011 Photo Presentation

Excellent quality photo gallery from Andrzej Chomczyk (click to visit):

Righteous Poles

From Stefanie Seltzer, President WFJCSHD:

One of the most moving events  of our conference was the ceremony honoring the Righteous Among the Nations who had not yet been honored by Yad Vashem.  This event was organized by the Israeli Embassy, to be celebrated at our conference. Seven Righteous  were honored on the last day of our conference.The opening speech was  by the Israeli Ambassador to Poland, but there was also the American Ambassador, as well as consuls  of other countries, best known to us the Polish Consul to New York.  It was very emotional for all of us, and  particularly so for me, as one of the Righteous was from Radomsko, where my family had had a glass business  and where I had been in the ghetto.  I was excited to meet Sir Martin Gilbert;  his family had also come from Radomsko and e exchanged information about some people we both know.  The lady mayor of Radomsko was also there, and I was stunned to learn that both she and the son of the Righteous  knew the exact address of my family’s business.

It was also a very  special event for Ida Paluch-Kersz and her brother Adam, as her rescuer was one of the honorees.

Click here to read more about the ceremony, and to read the program booklet: Rightous Among The Nations Award Ceremony

Click here to see a Picasa photo album from the event:

 Comments

 

Mishpocha

What an incredible conference in Warsaw. The 23rd International Conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Descendants was a powerful statement by the many  who attended.  Stefanie Seltzer, Rene Lichtman, Stephen Adler and the many others who worked so hard to make this a meaningful time deserve much credit.

As a non-survivor, but one who has been teaching Holocaust Education for many years, being a part of this conference was a once in a life-time experience.  I was able to be on a panel with a dedicated group of educators and meet so many with inspiring stories.

My old friend, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, was a thrilling part of the conference.  Elzbieta Ficowska and Renata Zajdman brought joy to my attendance, as we shared about the life of Irena Sendler, and my student’s project.

This conference was historic in every way, but more than historic, it made a statement about Tikkun Olam.  Each dignitary who attended underscored the importance of this event.  The final day was so inspiring and meaningful.  I cherished my new friends from the conference and loved seeing my old friends.  Thanks to the World Federation for your many hours of preparation and devotion to changing the world.

Norm Conard

Jan 112012
 

Since 1963 a special commission of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, headed by the Israel’s Supreme Court, has been awarding Righteous Among the Nations medals and certificates of honour (Chasid umot ha-Olam). This decoration pays tribute to the Heroes who were putting their lives in danger in order to rescue their Jewish friends, neighbours, acquaintances, sometimes perfect strangers, all of them doomed to extermination.

Persons recognized as Righteous are awarded a specially minted medal bearing their name and a certificate of honour. The names and surnames of Righteous are also engraved on stone plates in the Garden of the Righteous in Jerusalem. The planting olive trees for the Heroes has ceased few years ago for there is no area left.

The Righteous Poles recognized at this ceremony were Janina Bereska, Adolf Brauner, Jadwig and Adam Chorazkiewicz, Maria Kazuczyk and Marianna Kazuczyk, Józefa and Wilhelm Maj, Katarzyna and Jan Swietlikowski, and Agnieszka Troszka.

To read the full program, please click her: Righteous Amont The Nations Program, Warsaw 2011

 

Jan 082012
 

New important article by Professor Joanna Michlic titled:

“Remembering to Remember,” “Remembering to Benefit,” “Remembering to Forget”: The Variety of Memories of Jews and the Holocaust in Postcommunist Poland

This interpretive essay considers the representations of Jews and the Holocaust in postcommunist Poland from 2002, the year when the public debate about the Jedwabne massacre of 10 July 1941 ended, until the present. The almost constant preoccupation with all things Jewish and the Holocaust in the realm of national discourse about “who we are” and “who we wish to be,” makes Polish society stand out among the postcommunist countries. This situation has prompted some individuals in Poland involved in the memory work to claim that the country is a unique state in Europe with regard to the “recovery” and commemoration of the Jewish past; “Poland has been one of the few countries in Europe-perhaps the only one-to confront its own past systematically.”

To read the full article click here.