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7.9.2018. 17:41
Claims conference
Primili smo pismo od predsjednika Claims konferencije Juliusa Bermana,  u povodu praznika Rosh hashana

Dear Melita,

As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah and undertake the spiritual accounting asked of us, I want to share what I believe is our obligation to the Holocaust survivors among us. Although we may often think of obligations in a moral sense, as a practical matter, it truly is a privilege – our honor – to care for survivors.

With this on my mind as we approach the High Holidays, I shared my thoughts in an editorial published this week by JTA. I now share those thoughts with you and ask that you join us this year as we call on the world to engage survivors.

With Time Running Out, We Must Engage with Holocaust Survivors , JTA, September 5, 2018

Worldwide, there are over 400,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors, but the survivor population is rapidly diminishing. As we prepare to celebrate the High Holidays and mark the beginning of another year, each of us needs to reflect on what we have done this past year to support this shrinking community and commit to doing more for them in the coming year.

All too soon, it will be too late. When the survivor population is gone, our opportunity to learn from them and enrich our lives passes as well. Clearly, this call to action is no small ask – it requires diligence from survivor advocates and family members, innovation to develop new and creative ways to preserve survivor memories, and – most importantly – that we understand that no matter what we do it will never be enough.

During the Holocaust, the world stood by complacently while 6 million people were murdered; not for what they did, but for who they were. Make this new year different, make this the year you take responsibility – or additional accountability – to support our survivor population. As long as there is a single survivor left it is not too late. In the end, our call to action is quite simple: don’t just stand by. Do something. Get engaged with the survivors in your community.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

L'Shana Tova,
Julius Berman