Cafe for Holocaust survivors to open

The cafe will enable the survivors to be with people who will not pass judgment on them for what happened. “People think that something was wrong with us, that we went like sheep to the slaughter,” Marti Dotan, a Holocaust survivor, said.

By: Israel Insider staff and partners
Published: February 18, 2007

Ramat Hasharon is soon to open a special coffee shop — Cafe Europe. The targeted clientele at this unique cafe is the 500 Holocaust survivors living in the city.

The venue will be designed in pre-WWII style, will play contemporary music and hold dances from that period and the menu will be early 20th century European cuisine served in traditional European crockery.

This idea for this coffee shop came after Holocaust survivors asked to have a place to meet. The cafe will provide a place for the survivors to experience their common culture and remember their shared pre-war memories.

The cafe will operate once a week in one location and once a month at a second location.

The cafe will enable the survivors to be with people who will not pass judgment on them for what happened. “People think that something was wrong with us, that we went like sheep to the slaughter,” Marti Dotan, a Holocaust survivor, said.