Nov 202015

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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

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:

Feb 202015

Dear Friends,
Please find below the EJC statement following the terror attack in Copenhagen for your information.
Kind regards,
The EJC Team


EJC: Europe Must Move from Defense to Offense and Prevent Future Attacks

(Brussels, Sunday, February 15, 2015) – European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor, has urged European authorities to go on the offensive against radical Islamists, if they are to stand any chances of beating back the terrorist wave spreading across Europe.

“Last night’s terrorist attack on a synagogue in Denmark demonstrates that defensive measures to protect the public, and the Jewish community in particular, are not enough,” Dr. Kantor said. “The authorities must change the paradigm and take the battle to the radical Islamist enclaves, prevent the next attack and bring the terrorists and their supporters to task.”

“Islamic terrorists are targeting Jews specifically in their homes, markets, places of business and houses of worship.  Unless serious action is taken to prevent these attacks every Jew in Europe is at risk. To win this war on terror and anti-Semitism, European authorities must immediately establish a pan-European task force with legal authority and significant budgetary resources dedicated to stopping this threat. Intelligence gathering, surveillance and protection must be amassed and shared by all nations and terrorists needs to be hunted down before they act. Now is the time for all EU member states to act swiftly and effectively.”

“The wave of anti-Semitism which is sweeping the continent is becoming more and more violent and endangers Jewish existence. The threats against Jews and the inability of governments to defend them are forcing Jews out of Europe,” Dr. Kantor said. “It is clear that Jews continue to be the main target of these attacks. While others are attacked for what they do, Jews are continuously attacked for who they are. It is a slow and deliberate religious massacre and it is killing Jewish communities by the death of a thousand cuts.”

Yesterday, a gunman sprayed bullets into a cafe, where Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been threatened over his 2007 caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, was attending a free-speech meeting. One man was killed in the cafe attack and three police officers were wounded. Danish police said the gunmen fired at least 40 rounds through the windows of the cafe with an automatic weapon. Another shooting occurred outside the city’s main synagogue just after midnight on Sunday. A man was shot in the head in the second attack, and later died, and two officers were wounded.

European Jewish Congress (EJC)

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Jan 032015

“Lost Childhood” Survivor Fund

(From Jewish Family Service, Detroit, Michigan, USA, January 2, 2015)

The basic guidelines are as follows:

• The fund is available beginning January 1, 2015 with no deadline for submitting applications at this time.
• The compensation is a one-time payment of 2,500 Euros.
• A survivor must have been born after January 1, 1928. This is a firm deadline, meaning no exceptions for those born prior to this date.
• The survivor must have been in a camp, ghetto, in hiding or living under false identity, or have been a fetus whose mother lived in a camp, ghetto, in hiding or under false identity.
• Flight cases, including those from the Kindertransport, are not eligible.
• There is no previous compensation restriction, meaning if you are receiving or have received some other compensation it does not preclude you from applying for compensation through the Child Survivor Fund.
• This is not a financially based fund. A survivor’s income and assets are not part of the qualifications for this fund.
• The claimant must be alive to apply. Spouses or heirs of deceased survivors cannot apply.
• There is no fee to apply.

What is happening now?

• The week of 12/29 (this week), Claims Conference is sending out personalized applications to those in their database receiving ongoing compensation (Article 2). We don’t know what the application looks like. It could be a simple, one page form. For those receiving ongoing compensation, they will be asked to sign and date this application and return it to the Claims Conference.
• Following that, or simultaneously, they will be sending applications to others in their database who have received a one-time payment (Hardship Fund, Slave Labor). This group will be asked to sign the application and have it notarized before returning it to the Claims Conference.
• For those who do not receive a form in the mail, there will be blank applications available on the Claims Conference website around mid-January. We will have these at JFS or they can be found on the Claims Conference website,

How is Jewish Family Service helping?

• JFS care managers can help with notarizing forms and assisting claimants with completing applications.
• For those who are able to come into JFS offices, care managers at JFS are setting aside specific days and times beginning the middle of January to be available to either notarize forms, for those who require certification before returning their form, or to complete applications for those who did not receive one from the Claims Conference. The schedule has not yet been finalized but should be available by January 12th at the latest.
• If a survivor is currently working with a JFS care manager, they can contact their care manager beginning the week of January 12th. If the dates/times their care manager has available does not work for them, they can opt to work with another care manager (for this application only) who may be available at a more convenient time.
• If someone is not working with JFS at this time, they should contact local JFS after January 12th.
• JFS care managers will arrange home visits as required. It may take several weeks to accommodate a home visit.

Jan 012015

Berlin Conference 2014 Huge Success.

Over 375 attend, Child Survivors, 2G, 3G, entire families, from 16 countries.

Below is link to article by Dr. Charles Silow, 2G from Detroit

on the 2014 Berlin Conference

Charley’s article appeared in the Detroit Jewish News. Charley has also written about his visit to the Lodz Commemoration, after our Berlin Conference. Thank you Charley.

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Below is our own brief evaluation of Berlin 2014.

The Berlin 2014 conference has been a great success. We had great speakers, on timely subjects, our usual important workshops, for Child Survivor, for 2G and 3G, lead by dedicated professionals, and important panels discussing issues of the day.

The hotel was beautiful, staff extremely helpful, attentive, and good food.

We are in process of getting speeches from the conference and photos as well. So please  stay tuned.

Special thanks to our team in Berlin, who did so much with so few.

Our next conference is Houston, Texas, in 2015. Details to come.

any questions please email

We welcome all articles, photos, comments….please send us your views of the Berlin conference, and photos…. 

Oct 082014
…. cry during the day and dance at night…(to view more photos from Berlin, click on photo at right, also click on photos to enlarge to full screen – photos by Melissa Traub, Charles Silow, Uri Ophir, Rene Lichtman, Mel Boas.)

more excellent Berlin photos from Mel Boas; click on below to see and order photos. Out

To see our past Las Vegas Program Book, click on below:

Program book 2013 FINALrevisedwith Daisy on 10-19-13

Group dance 066


dancing group 116









DSC_0379museumTable2G table 746




dancing after dinner

dancing after dinner



Melita Svob family, Croatia

dancers 367

Jack and Miriam Gun 347



US Embasador Emerson

Sep 262014

70 th Commemoration of the Liquidation

of the Litzmannstadt (Lodz) Ghetto

Below is link to article by Dr. Charles Silow, 2G from Detroit

on Charley’s visit to his family home in Lodz, Poland.

Also photos by Dr. Charles Silow.

Dr. Silow and a large number of others from all over the world attended this Commemoration in Lodz. See photos click here


IMG_5912IMG_5933 Matzevah for Chil Parzenczeski in Lodz Jewish Cemetery



Charley Silow praying at the grave of his grandfather, Lodz cemetery.
Left. Charley at the home of his family from Lodz. At right, the tomstone he had made for his family members.

Sep 242014

Dear Friends,

The September edition of the WFNU includes information about the successful Berlin conference.  We also announce the 2015 host city will be Houston TX.  There is update information about the Claims Conference, and a Resolution by the Wold Federation on Anti-Semitism, intended for media distribution.

Click here to read: WFNU Sept 2014


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 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.

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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