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17.12.2019 – 14:56

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

Die Claims Conference ehrt Holocaust-Überlebende bei Chanukah-Feiern



The Claims Conference Honors Holocaust Survivors at Chanukah Celebrations in

Munich, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and New York

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: December 22, 2019 - Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), announces International Holocaust Survivors Night, to be held globally on the first night of Chanukah, December 22 in New York, Munich and Moscow, with an official menorah lighting ceremony in Paris and at the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Israel dedicated to Holocaust survivors around the world on December 23.

"We continue to expand International Holocaust Survivors Night globally as the time to pay tribute to survivors is now - before we see the passing of the final generation of survivors. We must recognize Holocaust survivors are each a living example of the triumph of light over darkness and raise awareness about Holocaust education around the world," said Julius Berman.

International Holocaust Survivors Night started in 2017 as the only date on the calendar when those who survived the Holocaust and serve as a living testimony of strength, are honored for their sacrifice and continued contributions to the world. Initial ceremonies were held in Israel, the United States, and Germany, expanding last year into Russia and this year into France.

"Chanukah is the perfect season to honor Holocaust survivors who have given so much to the world," said Claims Conference Executive Vice President, Greg Schneider. "Survivors serve as lights for the rest of us, inspiring us with their resilience and reminding us of the importance of remembrance. As we honor survivors around the world, we ask people to do something special for survivors in their own community this holiday season and, wherever you are, take a moment to remember and honor all survivors this Chanukah."

"Keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is a crucial and increasingly difficult task, and creating a connection with the remaining survivors is the best and most sustainable way to do that. When we light this year's Chanukah candles in Munich, it will be another light to remind us that darkness will never prevail and that our spirit can light up the world," stated Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München, Munich's Jewish community, and herself a survivor.

Famed Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld stated, "Many children whose parents, brothers and sisters were devoured by the National Socialist murder machinery are still alive. The greatest wish of their murdered parents would have been not only for their children to survive, but to be spared from misery. The trauma they experienced, and the fact that many of them had no means of education, has led countless child survivors to live in difficult conditions at the end of their lives. If not for the Shoah, their lives would be completely different." Klarsfeld, President, Sons and Daughters of Jewish Deportees from France (Fils et Filles des Déportés Juifs de France) added, "We must not forget these immediate victims of the Shoah's turmoil; we have a duty to support them, encourage them and empathize with them."

"Holocaust survivors inspire us daily with their strength, resilience, and wisdom. It is fitting that the first night of Chanukah, a holiday that commemorates survival and a miracle, is dedicated to these extraordinary women and men. The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is honored to be the venue for the New York ceremony," said Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger.

The Claims Conference will recognize Holocaust survivors with candle lighting ceremonies in the following locations:

Locations and Times (all times listed are local):

Munich - December 22nd: 300 survivors expected. Speakers to include Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich, Ruediger Mahlo, Claims Conference representative in Germany and Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern. The gathering will be from 15:00 - 18:00 at Jüdisches Zentrum, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz, Munich. An additional event will take place in Bremen, Germany on December 22nd from 16:00 - 18:00 in the Jewish community center, Schwachhauser Heerstrasse, 117, 28211 led by Elvira Noa, chair of the Bremen community.

New York - December 22nd: 200 survivors are expected at the gathering to be held from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan. Speakers to include Claims Conference EVP, Greg Schneider and Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger. An additional event will take place in Broward County on December 19th.

Jerusalem - December 23rd: 150-200 survivors are expected. Colette Avital, Head of the Holocaust Survivor Organizations Center in Israel will make a special appearance with Shlomo Gur, Claims Conference Vice President for Israel. The gathering will take place on December 23 from 13:30 - 16:30 at the Kotel. The Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony will be led by Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Places.

Moscow - December 22nd: 100 survivors expected. At the Hesed Chamah is Leningradskoe highway, 52A from 16:00 - 18:00

Paris - December 23rd: 100 survivors are expected. Speakers to include Serge Klarsfeld, President of Fils et Filles des Déportés Juifs de France, Eric de Rothschild, and the Grand Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia. The gathering will be from 16:00 pm - 18:30 p.m. at CASIP Cojasor Place in 1, rue Charles Baudelaire.

All communities are encouraged to participate in the global Chanukah celebration honoring Holocaust survivors locally by sharing pictures and videos across all social media platforms using the hashtag #IHSN2019.

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About the Claims Conference: The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) a nonprofit organization with offices in New York, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt, secures material compensation for Holocaust survivors around the world. Founded in 1951 by representatives of 23 major international Jewish organizations, the Claims Conference negotiates for and disburses funds to individuals and organizations, and seeks the return of Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust. As a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference since 1952, the German government has paid more than $80 billion in indemnification to individuals for suffering and losses resulting from persecution by the Nazis. In 2019, the Claims Conference has distributed approximately $350 million in direct compensation to over 60,000 survivors in 83 countries and has allocated approximately $550 million in grants to over 200 social service agencies worldwide that provide vital services for Holocaust survivors such as homecare, food and medicine.

Press Contacts

United States:

Jamie Schaefer-Wilson,

Noël Kepler,

Amy Wexler,


Konrad Matschke,

Cornelia Levi,

Israel and Russia:

Anna Magin,

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