51st Tikkun Olam Award to The Center Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel
The Center Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel serves as an umbrella organization for 55 organizations representing communities that suffered from Nazi persecution during World War II: from Western and Eastern Europe to North Africa. The organization, which was founded more than 25 years ago, has been recognized by the Government of Israel as the representative organization of the entire survivor population in Israel.
Since the day of its establishment, the organization’s primary goal has been to fight for the survivors’ rights in Israel and abroad, in order to allow them to live in dignity and ensure their welfare. The struggle was crucial in the past due to the indifference and neglect of previous Israeli governments. Distortions and injustice exist to this day, as a result of an artificial division of the survivors according to their geographic origin or their date of arrival in Israel; because of legal problems resulting from outdated laws; and because of the inequality in the rights provided by various bodies. This is an aging population – their average age is 84 – and their needs have changed over the years.
The organization also acts to commemorate the Holocaust and revival of the Jewish nation and impart its legacy to future generations.
In 2010 the Center Organizations was recognized, per the Government’s decision, as the representative organization of all Holocaust survivors in Israel.
The organizational framework that has been set in the past and which is preserved to this very day, is that of collective rather than individual representation with membership of organizations with similar backgrounds and objectives, working together to obtain proper compensation for Nazi victims . The organization’s Council consists of representatives of all member organizations – and they elect a Governing Board of 21 as well as the Chairperson of the Center. In addition, the center operates through committees dealing with a variety of issues on the agenda.
“Dear Harriet and Bill Mohr
We have received your beautiful Award and have framed it.
We will hang it in our office, and send you our photograph
Again – many thanks
Center Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel”
The Center’s Current Activities
A. Survivors’ Rights
- Obtaining rights and benefits for all groups of survivors who suffered from the Nazi persecution including those who have not received ,as yet, any compensation.
- Undoing wrongs and inequalities caused to Holocaust survivors in receiving compensations and allocations from Germany, Israel and other sources
- Fighting for the restitution of private and communal property robbed from the Jews, mostly in East European countries
- Involvement in further negotiations with the government of Germany – together with the Claims Conference – for the improvement of the level of reparations and the inclusion of populations that have not received compensations (mostly from the CIS)
- Fighting for additional compensations for Child survivors ( as a result of additional suffering and trauma)
- Ensuring the financial and spiritual welfare of the survivors, including cultural activities
- Organizing and coordinating volunteer groups for help in survivors’s homes .
- Mapping out and planning the needs of the aging population in the next few years
- Ongoing contacts with Government Ministries to ensure and expand budgets – including the “Standing Committee” headed by the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office
- Helping organizations of survivors in distress
- Fighting against anti-Semitism around the world – including the renewal of publication of Nazi literature
- Activities for the commemoration of the Holocaust and tributes to the survivors for their contribution to the establishment and prosperity of the State of Israel
- Joint projects with municipalities, local councils and other bodies for the expansion of activities benefiting the survivors population around the country
- Commemorating communities annihilated during the Holocaust and imparting their legacy to future generations
- Raising awareness for the Holocaust and heroism among Israelis (mostly the youth) as well as abroad
- Encouraging the production of films, plays and books including the publication of individual biographies of Holocaust survivors
- Organizing conferences and Remembrance days in Israel
- Participating in International Holocaust Remembrance Days abroad
C. Information and public relations
- Producing, publishing and distributing a comprehensive booklet on survivors’ rights
- Producing and distributing the “Mizkar” Journal, which covers up-to-date information on rights, news from Israel and around the world, studies, books etc
- Conferences and information campaigns
- Updating information on the center’s website