At a Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Washington, DC, the leadership of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, representing 180,000 survivors and their families throughout the United States and Canada, unanimously adopted three important resolutions concerning Holocaust survivor issues.

A Resolution Supporting the Absolute Right of Survivors to Pursue Restitution Claims

The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants reaffirmed its unequivocal support of the absolute right of Holocaust survivors to pursue all claims of moral and material restitution, including property and insurance claims, in every
appropriate venue.


A Resolution Establishing a Commission to Examine Treatment of Holocaust Survivors

The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants welcomes the initiative of the State of Israel in establishing a high level commission of eminent persons to examine the treatment, care and experiences of Israeli Holocaust survivors. In applauding this long-overdue initiative, the Gathering looks towards creation of such a panel to discover how survivors in America have fared, and proposes to initiate the process of establishing a blue ribbon commission under the auspices of the American Gathering to seriously and responsibly deal with this important issue.

A Resolution Supporting the Initiative of French President Nicholas Sarkozy

The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants expresses its firm support to the initiative proposal by French President Nicholas Sarkozy that would include the “adoption” and study by French school children of child victims of the Holocaust in France.

Children were among the most helpless of Holocaust victims. The annihilation of one and one-half million Jewish children deprived the world of infinite creativity. The adoption of each individual child who perished sustains the legacy of his or her memory and offers a call to moral conscience and action in the face of intolerance and racism today.

This is a moving and sensitive pedagogical undertaking which will serve to deepen the understanding of the terrible events which occurred in wartime France. We hope that similar initiatives will also be adopted by other nations throughout the world.

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