holocaust survivors

‘He Held Up The Flame Of Rebirth And Renewal’

Remembering Holocaust survivor and community pillar Ernie Michel.

05/10/2016 - 13:10
Staff Writer

During the early months of the Nuremberg Trials, the Allied tribunal that prosecuted the top Nazi officials accused of complicity in war crimes, the reading material for the imprisoned Nazis was limited to one newspaper.

Auschwitz survivor Ernest Michel dedicated his life to rebuilding Jewish life. Courtesy of UJA-Federation of New York

For Survivors, Humor As A Form Of Resistance

05/03/2016 - 11:01
Staff Writer

Chaya Ostrower, a senior lecturer in psychology at Israel’s Beit Berl Academic College, is the author of the recent book, “It Kept Us Alive: Humor in the Holocaust” (Yad Vashem), which grew out of her Ph.D. thesis at Tel Aviv University. For the book and the previous Hebrew edition, she spent five years interviewing Holocaust survivors who had found value in using humor as a form of spiritual resistance in ghettos, labor camps and death camps. On the eve of this week’s commemoration of Yom HaShoah, The Jewish Week interviewed Ostrower by email. This is an edited transcript.

Chaya Ostrower: “The interviewees are more now willing to talk, since they know this is their last chance.”

Yom Hashoah: Confronting The Past Can Transform The Future

04/26/2016 - 10:59

After I began working with Holocaust survivors at a specialized clinic at Mount Sinai in 1993, I wondered if it would be meaningful for our program to formally commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day, May 5 this year). When I brought up this idea, a patient remarked: “If you really want to do something special for us, arrange a day where we could forget about the Holocaust.”   This sparked thought-provoking discussion about the burden of traumatic memory and about the incongruity of wanting to protect loved ones from terrible recollections while at the same time ensuring they are not forgotten.

Rachel Yehuda. Via mountsinai.org

Distribution Of Federal Funds For Holocaust Survivors Begins

03/03/2016 - 12:55

Washington — The Jewish federations umbrella organization disbursed $2.8 million in federal grants to assist Holocaust survivors.

Holocaust survivors attending an event at the U.S. Capitol building honoring the victims of Nazi persecution. JTA

Future Technology Can Open Windows To Our Past

02/02/2016 - 13:02
Special To The Jewish Week

A century from now, a child will be able to ask Pinchas Gutter, a Holocaust survivor, about his experiences and hear him tell his story. Or at least a 3-D hologram, created after hours of recordings, will be able to respond to questions posed to him by a generation that will have grown up after the last survivor has passed away.

Gideon Taylor

Obama Administration Earmarks $12M For Holocaust Survivors

10/01/2015 - 20:00

Washington — The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors.

Holocaust survivors attending an event at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., honoring the victims of Nazi persecutio

New Pressure On Poland For Property Restitution

N.Y. pols part of ‘sustained effort’ to bring issue to the fore.

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Lea Evron, a Holocaust survivor from Whitestone, Queens, has fought for years to win back title to the apartment building in Zywiec, Poland, her parents lost in the Holocaust. She finally won back the title in court, but the Polish government appealed.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, left, and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Getty Images

NYC Allocates $1.5 Million For Impoverished Holocaust Survivors

06/23/2015 - 20:00

New York City’s 2016 budget includes $1.5 million to assist Holocaust survivors living in poverty.

New Rules Pave Way For Polish Expat Pensions

Move marks first time U.S. Holocaust survivors can apply for monthly payments from Polish government.

05/18/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Thousands of Holocaust survivors originally from Poland — more than 3,000 in New York alone — will for the first time be receiving applications to apply for $130-a-month pension payments from Poland, thanks to a law that took effect last month, The Jewish Week has learned.

Lusia Eimer

Caring For Holocaust Survivors At Life’s End

04/20/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As a child of Holocaust survivors, I experienced two dramatically different end-of-life scenarios with my parents. My father’s passing was extremely painful physically, emotionally and spiritually, and while he died 34 years ago, the memories and irreconcilable conditions around his death linger. That was before hospice was readily available in the U.S.

Toby Weiss
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