Dec 202017

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

Nov 202015

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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

Feb 242013

The 2012 annual conference was a resounding success, with nearly 400 child survivors, family, and descendants attending.  We heard presentations from internationally known experts such as Robert Krell, Patrick Henry, Mordecai Paldiel, and Menachem Rosensaft.  There were captivating panel discussions on diverse topics including “Self Help in the Ghetto” and the future of holocaust education.  You can read the full text of the presentations by following the links below.


Plenary Presentations

Robert Krell: “30 Years of Friendship, Healing & Education – Our Legacy”

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Patrick Henry: “Jewish Resistance to the Nazis” 

Mordecai Paldiel: “Righteous Gentiles and Courageous Jews” 

 Menachem Rosensaft: “Confronting the Demons of Hatred in the 21st Century

Menachem Rosensaft

Panel Presentations

Menachem Daum: “A Squandered Legacy: The vanishing prewar communal properties of Polish Jews

Geoffrey Brahmer: “Self Help In The Ghetto”

Sol Factor: ” Teaching the Holocaust After The Last Survivors Are Gone

Conference Photographs

To see galleries of photos from the conference, see this post: Cleveland 2012 Photos

To purchase professionally produced photographs by Mark Frank, click here to visit Pollack Studio.

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.”
Dec 292010

Presented at the Chicago/Skokie 2010 Conference.

Listen now: 

Audio MP3

You can download the file here: Cantor Mizrahi Concert

Dec 292010

Presented at the Chicago/Skokie 2010 Conference.

Listen now:

Audio MP3

You can download the file here: Peter Hayes Lecture: Teaching The Holocaust

Dec 272010

For information on Jewish genealogical and records research in Poland, how to access documents, find family members, etc.. please see Jewish Records Indexing – Poland.

Holocaust survivors may be unaware that a remarkable number of Jewish records of Poland have survived the upheavals of history and the ravages of war. Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (JRI-Poland) has created indices to more than 4 million Jewish birth, marriage and death records from current and former territories of Poland that are housed in Poland today.

Indices to vital records more than 100-years old are available on the JRI-Poland online database: Finding aids to another 600,000 records, less than 100-years old, are also available but are not online in order to comply with privacy issues of Polish law. They can be searched by special arrangements with JRI-Poland and are treated sensitively on a case-bycase humanitarian basis

To read more, click here: Jewish Records Indexing–Poland