More than 500 Holocaust survivors came to the Jewish Family Service of Broward County’s annual Café Europa luncheon recently to try to meet a lost relative or friend from before the Holocaust.

As the number of Holocaust survivors gets smaller, there are fewer meetings. “Some years there were 800 people here,” said four-year-volunteer Robin Salzberg of Parkland, whose father-in-law was a Holocaust survivor. “This is a smaller group and it is getting smaller.” That’s what makes the annual Café Europa event so important, say the persons behind it.

Cecila Steiger, 86, of Pembroke Pines and Rose Naiman, 85, of Tamarac, met when Steiger told volunteers that she was looking for Naiman, who was listed in the program’s resource guide as being from the Polish town of Czestochowa. “I just put her name down because I saw that she came from the same town as my parents,” Steiger said.
“She knew my family. She knew the street,” Steiger said after talking with Naiman. Ironically, both women have homes in Monticello, New York but had never met.