• A meeting at one of the Café Europa centres in Jerusalem

Remember and Educate

- 21 February 2018

By Ariella Bernstein – Jerusalem Foundation.. On 27 January 2018, the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day when the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated.

Established by the United Nations (UN) in 2005, International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the UN to honour the memory of Holocaust victims and encourages the development of educational programmes about Holocaust history.

The world observes one day, but the Holocaust survivors at Café Europa remember every single day.

Jerusalem is home to five Café Europa branches, warm and welcoming day centres where Holocaust survivors meet with one another and remember their past. At Café Europa, every day is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Today’s living survivors were young children during the Holocaust and are left with indelible scars of separation, the searing pain of watching their parents or siblings ripped away or murdered, mixed in with nostalgia for a time and place that preceded their horrors.

Christians for Israel and the Jerusalem Foundation are proud supporters of Café Europa. It is our opportunity to offer solace to those who suffered so much.

To visit a Café Europa facility is to understand the meaning of resilience, of perseverance. To sit with a Holocaust survivor in Café Europa is to understand that they remember every detail of their horror along with their simple life’s joys before the war. To talk to a Holocaust survivor at Café Europa is to understand that despite their long journey, they are committed to making their memories a lesson for the future.

You can donate to Café Europa (Holocaust Survivors – “I’m not Alone”) by using the buttons below.

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