Dec 092013

Berlin Conference for 2014

Sunday, August 24 thru Wednesday August 27, 2014

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See details in our newsletter, WFNU, click here.

World Federation News Update!
A periodic email update from the
World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants
December, 2013

From the Executive Committee of the WFJCSHD:
President— Stefanie Seltzer; Executive Vice President—Steve Adler;
Vice Presidents— Chana Arnon, Anita Ekstein, Jacques Fein, Melissa Hacker,
Max Arpels Lezer, René Lichtman, Daisy Miller,
Henri Obstfeld, Melita Svob; Secretary—Charles Silow, Treasurer— Isaac Kot

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Dear Friends:

First, our Las Vegas Conference 2013 was a great success. Special thanks to our “Las Vegas Team”,
Daisy Miller, Esther Finder (from GSI), Suzy Dubin, Ray Fiol, and others in Las Vegas. We had a record
number of attendees, some 490. Working with GSI this year brought in more 2G’s and 3G’s. Great
experience for all of us – more details to come. Always look at our website for updates,

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We are very saddened by the loss of our dear friend, our sister, Renata Zajdman. Renata was a truly
a remarkable woman and a devoted friend to many of us. Her courage carried her throughout her life
and particularly so the last decade of her life when she valiantly, with the help of her son Michael and
daughter Sharon, fought cancer. Renata courageously carried on until the very last and missed no
opportunity to speak movingly of her past and to convey the message that we must not hate; we must
move forward and teach the younger generation about man’s humanity to man.
We’ll have more comments about Renata in our next WFNU. If you have memories of Renata, or any
other members of our extended child survivor family, please let us know. We need to recognize and
remember each other.
Stefanie Seltzer
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OSE-USA President, Norbert Bikales, retires
Long time President of OSE-USA Alumni, Norbert Bikales, has officially retired.
Long -time Treasurer Jacques Fein, will now co-lead OSE-USA Alumni with 2G OSE person, Claudine Schweber.
Norbert, Happy Retirement, now what?

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From: Max Arpels Lezer [], our World Federation Liaison to Berlin 2014….
Please see the important message below. You can also find it on our Berlin 2014 Conference website:
Thanks, and hope to see you and your families in Berlin,

WFJCSH&D Conference August 24-27, 2014,

Berlin Hilton Hotel

For the first time The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust &
Descendants (WFJCSHD) will hold its conference for Child Survivors of the Holocaust + 2nd and 3rd
generation in the German capital BERLIN. The gathering is scheduled to take place from Sunday 24 –
Wednesday 27 August 2014 and will be in the Berlin Hilton Hotel in the center of the city.

The special conference room rate is € 126.00 + tax (single or double occupancy) and is valid 3 days
prior and 3 days post conference.
Registration fee will be € 275.00 per person.
For online room reservation at the Berlin Hilton Hotel use only the following link:


This is an exceptional and significant opportunity for us to be together.

Preliminary information about programming for survivors, their children and grandchildren and
spouses is listed below.

The WFJCSH&D is organizing the programming so also check their website for updates and final
program: <> .

Several keynote speakers are contacted for this special event. We will share the names of our
speakers once details are confirmed.

We hope you will join us for this unique event.
Hotel rooms reservation at the special conference rooms rate, is only available through the special
Hilton Hotel link (see above) Please note reservation at this special room rate ends July 15 2014

Please tell your family and friends in the survivor community about this conference and encourage
them to come. An important aspect of this conference is the opportunity for us to meet and network.
For those of you who have never attended a gathering like this, it is a moving experience when you
find someone from your family’s hometown or who was in the same camp/ghetto as your own
relatives. There is so much we can share and learn from each other. See below a preliminary outline
of some of the programs.
Preliminary summary of the program for the 2014 WFJCSH&D conference in Berlin

 How do we feel being in Berlin
 Caring for the aging survivors in our families and communities
 Anti-Semitism Today (open to all)
 Abused during or after the Holocaust (survivors only)
 Dealing with the losses of our survivor parents and moving forward into the future (2+3G only)
 What’s new in Holocaust education and commemoration? (open to all)
 Talking to our children and grandchildren about the Holocaust
 Dealing with our pain and anger
 Writing ones own history
 Ways of passing on the history
 Genealogy (open to all)
 Married to a survivor ( spouses only)
 Interesting and important speakers
 Evening entertainment
 Films
 Meeting by country of origin
 Sightseeing
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News from the Claims Conference
White House to Create Liaison for Survivor Needs

Dec 11, 2013

Dear Stefanie,
I am pleased to inform you that after our intensive discussions over the past several months with the White House,
Vice President Joseph Biden has announced three major policy initiatives that will focus on the needs of survivors in
the United States. Of course, these are tremendously important steps for the United States government to take in
addressing the needs of U.S. survivors:
1. Government Liaison for Holocaust Survivor Needs
The Obama administration will appoint a senior level government domestic policy envoy to deal specifically with the
needs and concerns of Holocaust victims in the U.S. Vice President Biden said that a position will be created within
the Department of Health and Human Services to work with survivors and the organizations that assist them in the
United States. The new liaison will help support initiatives to aid needy victims while encouraging the private sector
to also focus on this area. “This will make the government more responsive to a Hungarian survivor in the Bronx who needs a wheelchair or the elderly woman with memories of Warsaw ghetto who needs a ride to the doctor,” said the
Vice President.
2. AmeriCorps Work with Nazi Victims
The U.S. government will create a program within AmeriCorps to partner volunteers with local organizations that
assist Nazi victims living in need. AmeriCorps and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members are going to work
at national and local levels to help plan and execute these programs, recruit and manage volunteers, and help
develop resources to meet the needs. We expect the volunteers will be placed primarily in the Claims Conference
network of agencies providing services to Nazi victims in the United States.
3. Public-Private Partnership
The Obama Administration will propose, in the U.S. Federal budget, a fund for welfare services for Nazi victims
resident in the United States. The government will promote public-private partnerships with foundations, nonprofit
organizations and the private sector to “increase the resources available to support these survivors and their unmet
needs,” said Mr. Biden.
All of these initiatives result from extensive consultation with us, as well as key service providers that we currently
fund and several other Jewish organizations with which we work such as the Association of Jewish Family and
Children’s Services. In addition, the Vice President stressed the Obama Administration’s support for property
restitution efforts in Eastern Europe and the work of the WJRO. “Some countries have found meaningful and
expedient ways to resolve these issues, which can be complex and difficult. But others have not. We will continue to
work very closely with you and with the World Jewish Restitution Organizations and through our diplomatic efforts to
urge others in Central and Eastern Europe to step up.” Vice President Biden said. Indeed, the Vice President and his
National Security team have been extremely helpful with the recent activities in eastern European countries such as
Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.
The Vice President made his remarks at a luncheon yesterday honoring the 100th anniversary of the JDC. The Claims
Conference has been working extensively with the office of the Vice President for some time, bringing him and his
staff detailed information about the plight of Nazi victims, the resources available to help them, and the needs that
are not met and will continue to grow over the next number of years. We have done this in addition to our continued
work with our friends in the U.S. Congress and at the State Department, whose support has been invaluable to our
work and our ability to increase aid and payments to Nazi victims.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a JDC event earlier in the week. Both he and the Vice President, in moving and
personal words, praised the work of Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, our Special Negotiator, on behalf of Holocaust survivors. JDC also presented a moving tribute to Saul Kagan, who pioneered our 62-year partnership with the
organization in order to provide relief and aid to Nazi victims after the war, behind the Iron Curtain, and into the
present day. We will send more about that in a future report.
The Claims Conference will of course continue to work with Vice President Biden and our supporters in Congress to
provide the information that the new government liaison will need in order to effectively support and advocate for
Holocaust victims. As the primary organization funding aid to survivors in the U.S. and in the world, we look forward
to working closely with the new liaison.
We thank, as always, the U.S. government for its commitment and action on behalf of Nazi victims. Its support has
been crucial to our work and therefore to the well-being and dignity of survivors.
Read excerpts from Vice President Biden’s remarks
Best wishes,
Julius Berman
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Las Vegas 2013 Conference Evaluation
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(Survey is anonymous)

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Special Pre and Post-Conference trips to Warsaw’s
new Museum of the History of Jews in Poland….
is being planned but no details yet…. are YOU interested?
Which trip, pre or post conference? If yes, contact Rene or Stefanie

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  11 Responses to “Berlin 2014, WFNU, Claims Conference News”

  1. Hi,

    Is this conference also appropriate for 2nd generation or primarily for 1st generation survivors? How will it compare with the one in Henderson, which was exceptional, but combined with GSI?


    Rod Martel

  2. please keep me updated

  3. To Whom it May Concern,
    I am a Holocaust Survivor, born in Berlin having spent l year in Terezin along with my mother. We were the only survivors in our family. I am planning to attend the Conference with my husband and son. with of course mixed emotions. When there my son would like to see as much of my childhood, along with a visit to the large Jewish Cemetery where my grandfather is buried. (he died in 1935) also I feel he should see one Concentration Camp (Sachsenhausen-being the closes)so if he ever meets someone who doubted the Holocaust he can say, “I saw a camp”
    My question is: Is there any service available to survivors returning to Berlin after all these years that is made available them to take them to some of these very personal places?

    Thank you for your time. I hope this has reached the right place.

    Respectfully yours,

    Mrs. Tana Gelfer

  4. I am very interested in seeing the new Warsaw Museum of the History of jews in Poland. Though I am originally from Holland, and my mother’s family has a very long family History in Holland, my paternal family ( “Gruener” or “Gruner” with an umlaud over the “u”, and Goldblatt, originally came from Rzeszow, Poland, and so yes, I feel that I need to go on this planned visit. I have not yet determined if it should be pre or post Conference. I see advantages to both options. However, perhaps post Conference is better, because I am thinking of coming to Germany well before the conference so that I can visit a number of sights in Berlin, such as the cemetery where my uncle’s mother was buried in the 1930′s, and to Essen, where my paternal grandfather was buried in 1919. There are other sights still that I also need to see, and get out of my system, in Germany. I thus need time at both ends og my upcoming trip to Germany, and I have not yet figured out which choice is the best.
    Elly (Ottawa, Canada) tel: 613 729-9181.

  5. Please put me on your email list. Active with child survivors in south Florida for twenty years and now live in Evanston, IL

  6. Dear all,

    How I can aply?.

    Thank you!

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