Jun 112016

Excellent, brief summary of a complex history during and after the Shoah in Poland, and the current situation. Note we have many very active Child Survivors in Poland, and now 2G and 3G who are finding their Jewish roots.

Click on link below:

May 032016

US – France Agreement on Compensation

Date: May 3, 2016

The State Department has sent us the following information about the U.S.-France Agreement on Compensation for Certain Victims of Holocaust-Related Deportation from France Who Are Not Covered by French Programs.  They encourage claimants to submit applications by the May 31 deadline.  

Application and additional information can be found here:



Dec 082015

When “the last witnesses” are gone, the last survivors and child survivors are gone….  who will bear witness in the museums, who will speak to the visitors and to the students, who will go into the schools, who will do the personal interviews for school projects… who will remind the world what occurred so long ago, yet for survivors a few minutes ago, yesterday…

These are some of the questions being asked, sometimes just in silent thoughts, or  now more often in speeches or in writing, as below…

Nov 202015

Please use this link to view more from the

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:

IHRA Honorary Chairman Statement | IHRA

IHRA Honorary Chairman Statement

“We share a commitment to throw light on the still obscured shadows of the Holocaust.”

— Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust


IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, has issued the following statement: “The current refugee crisis, which has led to a tremendous number of refugees arriving in Europe, will undoubtedly affect the work of IHRA.

IHRA deals with preserving the memory of the Holocaust as well as with its academic and educational impact for the current situation.

As the IHRA Working Group and Committee Chairs said in their statement of 9 September, the present refugee crisis is notably different from the persecution of the Jews and other victims before, during, and after the Holocaust. Historical analogies should be avoided; they are never useful, although there are some parallels between the treatment of refugees then and now. The world has to realize that failing to adequately address mass migration has, in the past, created the conditions for untold disaster. From the Holocaust, the world can understand, what happens when these problems are not internationally addressed.

Therefore, I join the IHRA Working Group and Committee Chairs in their call to the governments of IHRA member countries to cooperate and remain committed to the principles of the Stockholm Declaration of 2000, which include the fight against xenophobia. I also call on the wider political world to do everything in its power to act to alleviate the suffering of the victims and at the same time to seek a sustainable and coordinated international solution to the crises which have led so many refugees to seek asylum in Europe.”

Professor Yehuda Bauer
IHRA Honorary Chairman
17 September 2015

Nov 042015

DSC_0149Michael Berenbaum speaks on “Holocaust Memory” – how is the Holocaust remembered when all witnesses are gone, the responsibilities of Descendants, to tell the stories.

Diplomats from Germany, Holland, France, Denmark, speak on anti-Semitism.

European Counsels speak on anti-Semitism in Germany, France, Norway, Neterlands.




Michael Beranbaum and friend Gerda Seiffer

Professor Berenbaum with old friend Gerda Seiffer, from Los Angeles, USA. You can read Gerda’s story in many locations.

Oct 242015

Houston, Texas 2015 Conference a Great Success!

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants and  Generations of the Shoah International (GSI), with Houston Holocaust Museum – 2015 Joint Conference

Houston Texas, USA, October 9-12, 2015.

The feedback has been very positive. Speakers, workshops, panels, entertainment, all excellent. Were you there? If yes, send us your opinion of the conference, send us your photos. We need them for our Mishpocha! Newsletter. Thank you!

Comments and/or questions welcomed, email:

Jun 152015

Berlin Conference, 2014

August 24 thru Wednesday August 27, 2014

For questions, email:, or

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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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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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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