Thank you, everyone, for attending our 2017 conference in the DAN Jerusalem hotel. With an attendance of many hundreds, we are proud to call this conference a great success.
In total, we welcomed around 370 participants:
- 125 Survivors
- 150 Second generation
- 35 Third Generation
- 20 Kinder transport
- 40 spouses and non specified participants
Of the 370 participants, approximately 125 of them were Israeli’s, most of them 2nd generation.
Some of the highlights of the conference:
- Prof. Yehuda Bauer, who reflected on the lessons to be learned from the holocaust, as well as the topic of how the holocaust will be remembered in the 21st century: How we can educate the world around us? (Unfortunately, there is no transcript of this speech available.)
- Amb. Collette Avital gave a clear look and overview of the positive changes the State of Israel has implemented for the Survivors of the Holocaust in Israel.
- Exec. Vice president of the Claims Conference Greg Schneider informed the audience about the important role that the Claims Conference is playing in the Survivor Community worldwide.
- Rabbi Benny Lau reflected on the past and expressed his hope for the future that the Shoah will still be remembered by future generations.
- Chairman of the Knesset, Yuri Edelstein made an appearance by video in order to greet everyone.
- The visit to the Knesset, which occurred during the last afternoon, was a worthwhile part of this conference for many of our participants.
- For others, the pinnacle of the event was to finally have the opportunity to celebrate his/her Bar/Batmitsva at the KOTEL. (This part of the event was covered in detail by the Clevland Jewish News.)
The closing of the conference began with an international 2G panel discussion about how to promote Holocaust Education and Remembrance in our homelands. After which, one of the 2G participants sang the Ghetto Fighters Song.
“This conference has become sort of a family reunion, a bond of friendship and community for people of like and common bonds,” said survivor Fred Ferber of Orchard Lake.
“The conference location in Israel was important, and we agreed with our dad that it was a good idea for my brother and me to become more involved with this organization,” said Jeff Kahan. The family owns a Troy-based company.
“This conference was extra special, being that it was held in Israel,” said Sandra Silver of Southfield. She’s attended five conferences. “I was able to visit family members, some of whom I haven’t seen in 20 years.” The daughter of survivors, Silver belongs to the second generation — referred to as 2Gs. They were 154 strong at the conference, while 3Gs numbered 36. Silver is active with CHAIM, a Metro Detroit-based second-generation organization. Founding President Dr. Charles Silow of Huntington Woods, a psychologist, also directs Jewish Senior Life’s Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families in West Bloomfield. At the conference, Silow led a panel of 2Gs from Israel, Mexico, Sweden and Croatia, and another session on the effects of aging on survivors.
Excerpts copied, with permission, from “Survivors Gathering” by Esther Allweiss Ingber, a 2G and a reporter from Detroit who attended the conference. Click here to see the original article from The Detroit Jewish News. A more detailed write-up from Clevland Jewish News about the Bnai Mitzvah at the Kotel can be found here.
Pictures from the Jerusalem Conference are available here: WFJCSHD Jerusalem Conference – Google Photos. If anyone would like to reach out to Melissa Taub (the photographer), her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link below to read our latest WFNU for November 2016.
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:
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: http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rt/hlcst/deportationclaims/index.htm
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…
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International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance:
IHRA Honorary Chairman Statement | IHRA
“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
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.
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