Who We Help

  • Survivor Story: Lilia Neuman

    Lilia with her social worker  Lilia Neuman of Sweden smiles when she talks about her social worker, saying that she “helps me with everything. It’s a blessing to have her here.” This vital assistance, provided ...
  • Survivor Story: Hedi Frankl

    Hedi Frankl LondonHedi holds a picture of her parents, one of the few mementos she has from her family. All but one brother were murdered at Auschwitz. Photo: Paul Lang Hedi Frankl pretended ...
  • Survivor Story: Aviva Goldschmidt

    Aviva GoldschmidtAviva Goldschmidt remembers every day the fear of being a small child who was told that any sound she made could mean discovery and death.
  • Survivor Story: Shoshana Ceizler

    It was raining hard on Shabbat, June 1, 1944 when Shoshana and her family were taken out of their homes in the ghetto in Košice, Czechoslovakia with the other Jews ...
  • Survivor Story: Wassili Michailowski

    Wassili Michailowski, a survivor of the massacre at Babi Yar, shows a picture of himself as a child with his parents before the Holocaust. Photo: Masha Stahlberg, n-ost
  • Trauma of Life After Hiding

    Hans-Vischjager_Sri-Lanka_Holocaust-survivorFirst Payment to a Survivor Made in Sri Lanka The Claims Conference recently made our first-ever compensation payment in Sri Lanka. Hans Vischjager survived the Holocaust as a child hidden with ...
  • Survivor Story: Lucia Heilman

    Lucia Heilman speaks to students about the HolocaustLiving Through the Nazi Annexation of Austria “On March 12, German troops marched into Austria. I was eight years old. As I reached the vicinity of Helden-Platz I couldn’t go any further ...
  • Survivor Story: Margit Rosenthal

    Margit RosenthalWith one hand motion of Josef Mengele pointing her to the right, Margit Rosenthal was sent to Freudenthal, a sub-camp of Auschwitz in 1944, where she worked at a cotton ...
  • Survivor Story: Toman Brod

    Toman-Brod-Czech-RepublicBefore the Holocaust Toman Brod, born in 1929, grew up in a well-to-do assimilated Jewish family in Prague, which he described as “an idyllic city” before the war. He never experienced ...
  • Survivor Story: Anne Kelemen

    Anne Kelemen Survivor of KristallnachtEnduring Kristallnacht Anne Kelemen, now of New York City, was a girl of 13 on Nov. 9, 1938, when her father’s textiles shop in Vienna was ransacked and destroyed by brown-shirted youths. ...
  • Survivor Story: Elza Gorbanov

    Elza GorbanovElza Had to Flee Her Home During the Holocaust, and Then Was Forced to Flee Again From the Conflict in Ukraine Elza Gorbanov fled from the Nazis as a young girl living in ...
  • Survivor Story: Ora Ninio

    Oro NinioAs a young child forced to hide from the Nazis in France, Ora Ninio of Jerusalem – then a little girl called Clair-Clara Ridnik – was told to keep quiet. ...
  • Iancu Tucarman, Romania

    Iancu Tucarman “More often than not the holidays were about the relationship with God, about going to the synagogue. That was the atmosphere, especially in Iasi. There were a lot of shopkeepers ...
  • Assia Jassioukevitch, Berlin

    Assia Jassioukevitch of GermanyAssia Jassioukevitch was just 14 when the Nazis arrived at her Ukrainian village. She survived a mass execution of the village’s Jews, only to be captured and deported to a ...
  • Agnes Ruben, Denmark

    Agnes-Ruben-DenmarkAgnes Ruben was a young girl of 12 in late 1943, living in Copenhagen, when the Nazis made plans to round up and deport the country’s 7,800 Jews.  Agnes’s countrymen ...
  • Ludwik Brylant

    Ludwik-BrylantAs a child of 8, Ludwik Brylant escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and survived the Shoah in hiding. Now 81 years old and living in Lublin, Ludwik receives services from ...
  • Katarzyna Meloch-Jackl

    Poland homecareKatarzyna Meloch-Jackl of Warsaw says she has to live until 90 because she has so much to write about Jewish history and the Shoah. The homecare help she receives from ...
  • Survivor Story: Rosa Kokh

    Rosa-KokhAs a young mother, Rosa Kokh of Paris was hidden by Righteous Gentiles in the Free Zone of France with her husband and child. Now, with the homecare help she ...
  • Survivor Story: Georgette Hancock

    Georgette HancockGeorgette Hancock lives alone in Portland, Oregon, after her daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren recently moved away. But Georgette says the staff at Jewish Family & Child Service in Portland ...
  • Survivor Story: Rosa Lindenberg

    Rosa-Lindenberg-FloridaRosa Lindenberg and her husband, Leo, both Holocaust survivors, did everything they were supposed to do to save for retirement and their old age. Unfortunately, due to Leo’s prolonged illness, ...
  • Survivor Story: Inga Kanyevskaya

    inga-kanevskaya-ukraineInga Kanyevskaya of Kiev, Ukraine couldn’t have recovered from a broken back several years ago, she says, without vital assistance from Hesed B’nei Azriel, which has “saved me with homecare.” Inga, ...
  • Survivor Story: Maia Filevskaya

    maia-filevskaya-estoniaMaia Filevskaya has been a member of the Jewish Community of Estonia since 1992, just after it was formally established. She used to take part in all its events and ...
  • Survivor Story: Stefan Tennenbaum

    Stefan Tenenbaum At 101, Stefan Tennenbaum still lives in his own apartment in Malmo, Sweden. Though he has pulmonary disease and needs medication, with help of a twice-monthly homecare worker, Stefan is ...
  • Survivor Story: Perla Segen

    Keshet Client Sagan, Perla Perla Segen was 17 when the Germans reached her hometown of Chelm, Poland in 1939. When her husband was drafted by the Soviet army, she was newly married with a ...
  • Survivor Story: Penina Nash

    Keshet Client Nash, PninaPenina Nash of Israel was a 5-year-old girl, living with her family in Poland when the Nazis invaded in September 1939. As the German Army advanced, Jews fled eastward through ...
  • Survivor Stories: Berta Nisim Levi-Vladimirova

    Berta Nisim Levi-Vladimirova  Berta was 14 when she was forced during the war to work on vegetable plantations, at a can factory and at a brick factory. Often the Jewish workers slept in ...
  • Survivor Story: Eva Shafran

    eva-shafran-floridaEva Shafran of Delray Beach grew up in a wealthy family in Timisoara, Romania. She was 15 when Romania allied itself with Nazi Germany in the fall of 1940. Their ...
  • Survivor Story: Ilja Altman

    Ilja AltmanIlja Altman worked all his life as a music teacher in his native Moldova, but now struggles to pay for medications for his heart condition. Claims Conference compensation payments and ...
  • Survivor Story: Manya Dessau

    Manya, AustraliaWhen Manya Dessau turned to JewishCare in Melbourne, Australia for help with medicine expenses, the agency discovered that she was suffering from chronic lower body pain and was struggling to ...
  • Survivor Story: Hanna Jurica

    Hanna Jurica BrazilDuring the Holocaust At 16, Hanna Jurica, her parents and eight siblings were forced into the ghetto in Lodz, Poland. While Hanna and her siblings were able to work in exchange ...
  • Survivor Story: Isaac Enrique Havilio

    Enrique, ArgentinaIsaac’s Story Isaac Enrique Havilio once had one of the most important import/export businesses in Argentina. But after that country’s financial crisis of 2002, he went bankrupt and lost his life ...
  • Survivor Story: Sara Miskatel

    Sara, Greece  Sara Miskatel, recovering from a broken arm and leg, anxiously awaits her pension payments from the Claims Conference, which helps her to pay for a now-necessary homecare aide in the ...
  • Survivor Story: Hanna Lyon

    As a little girl in Germany, Hanna Schwarz had everything a child could want. But by the time she was a teenager, Hanna was scrubbing the fireplace stones in a ...
  • Survivor Story: Agnes Rezsone Bartha

    Displayed on a desk in Agnes Rezsone Bartha’s spotless Budapest apartment are some of the many letters, drawings and photographs she has received over the years from Hungarian schoolchildren to ...
  • Survivor Story: Yvette Anavi

    Yvette AnaviAt age 92, Yvette Anavi of Plovdiv, Bulgaria is still quite active and talkative, writing a book on Jewish women to add to the several she has already published. And ...
  • Survivor Story: Sofia Karakots

    Sofia KarakotsSofia Karakots was born in 1927 in a shtetl near Sadki, Ukraine, the only child of an observant Jewish family. In 1941, Nazi forces killed all the men in the village, ...
  • Survivor Story: Rene Hammond

    Rene Hammond Growing up in Czechoslovakia, Rene Hammond, née Koenigsberg, learned in school to speak fluent Hungarian, Czech, and English – skills she says equipped her for survival after the Nazis invaded. On ...
  • Survivor Story: Luba Shmulburd

    LubaIn 1941, at age 12, Luba was forced to flee her native Vinnitsa, Ukraine to escape almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis.
  • Survivor Story: Nadezhda Zelenaya

    Nadezhda Zelenaya survived the Leningrad siege.Nadezhda Grigor’evna Zelenaya was born in 1928 in Vitebsk, Belorussia, but her family soon after moved to Leningrad. In the summer of 1941, ahead of the siege of the city ...