Support Shabbat Program for Auschwitz Survivors

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Today, you have an opportunity to perform a huge mitzvah. This January, we will sponsor the travel and accommodations of over 100 Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They will return to Poland to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of its liberation. In addition to providing airfare, accommodations and three full days of programming, there will also be a program for our Survivors who observe Shabbat. Your gift can help to make this program really special. 

Imagine a dark and cold January Erev Shabbat in Krakow as many of our Survivors arrive just prior to the 75th Anniversary, filled with heavy emotions at facing a return to Auschwitz in just a couple days.

To ease that experience and the burden of difficult memories in Poland, we want to welcome them back with a Shabbat filled with warmth and light as they gather closely together to enjoy the beauty of the lit candles, the melody of chanting Kiddush, and that first sweet taste of challah. 

Imagine providing a Shabbat filled with honor and song, delicious food, and the passage of legacy from generation to generation.

Your donation at any level will help us to provide this and all of the Shabbat programming for the Survivors. Given that this is likely the last commemoration where Survivors will be strong enough to travel and participate, we are especially determined to complete the mitzvah of providing this special Shabbat.

About the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with a special event at the site on January 27, 2020. The Anniversary Ceremony, which will be attended by survivors, their families, heads of state and world leaders. This ceremony will be the central event of the 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Day observance across the globe.

Five years ago, generous donors sponsored the travel and accommodations of 100 Survivors from around the world for the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. As we approached the 75th anniversary, we anticipated that–given the age and frailty of the majority of the survivors–we could expect to have 50-75 survivors attending this event.

However, to our surprise, we were inundated with requests, and now have over 100 Auschwitz Survivors who want to make the trip! Though we reached our initial fundraising goal, we now intend to continue fundraising so that every Auschwitz Survivor who wants a special, Kosher Shabbat in Poland gets to have one.

“Nothing is more important for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz than having survivors of this horrible place present. They are the direct link, the witnesses to this atrocious crime. That is why I am willing to do whatever is needed to bring them back. Let the world see them, let the world hear them, let the world remember.” ––Ronald S. Lauder

Why Support Us?

Anniversaries of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau have served as bitter-sweet reunions for survivors for many years. What we have learned from prior years is that what our Survivors want more than anything, is the chance to be together. Survivors share a special bond and a common language as a result of their shared experience. This is a unique opportunity to provide our Survivors with the opportunity to reconnect with one another, to tell their stories, and to share a lovely and traditional Shabbat meal.

How You Will Help

In addition to the $1.7 million we have raised from generous donors this year to sponsor the travel and accommodations of the Survivors, we need to raise an additional $54,000 to cover the cost of the Shabbat Program. We want to help honor our Survivors and their families with a beautiful, festive, delicious Shabbat! Your support will allow us to make it really beautiful and memorable.

About Us

The Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation (formerly “Friends of Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2012. Our Mission is to secure the preservation of the authentic remains of the former German Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and to seek Jewish voices of leadership for the future.

While the physical site of Auschwitz Birkenau is located in the Republic of Poland, Jewish voices have had an influence on critically important decisions pertaining to the preservation and conservation of the site. Most of these voices belonged to the survivors. As the generation of Holocaust eyewitnesses passes away, we are committed to continuing the financial support for the preservation efforts and providing leadership for the site.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation supports the work and mission of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation located in Warsaw, Poland.

In the News

In 2015, the 70th anniversary commemoration ceremony was attended by almost 300 Auschwitz Survivors, more than 50 international government delegations, and leaders of international, social and religious organizations.  This meaningful event was broadcast live in its entirety by more than 250 television stations from around the world. Data compilation indicates that more than half a billion people viewed the direct transmission, and press accounts of the observances reached 1,752,000,000 readers.

 

Timeline

The Team

Dr. Beata Schulman

Secretary of the Board, Leading the Survivor Delegation 

Linor Abrahamian Andreoli

Executive Assistant, Survivor Delegation Coordinator

Dr. Maria Zalewska

Acting Director

Lisa Steinberg

Director of Leadership Engagement

We’d like to thank the following people who have donated $1.7 million for this event thus far:

Ronald S. Lauder
Stefany and Simon Bergson
Andrea and Barry Cayton
Ulrika and Joel Citron
Feldman, Katz, Pantirer, Pines, Schwartz and Zuckerman families
Pat and Andy Friendly
Senator Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski
Melinda Goldrich
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman
Shelley and Allan Holt
Andrew Intrater
Harry Krakowski
The Larch Foundation
Jeff Schoenfeld
Irv Shappell
Mickey Shapiro
Susan Sterling
Mark Tsesarsky
Caryn and Howard Unger
Jerry Wartski
Spencer Waxman

We would also like to thank our partners:

JRoots for organizing a meaningful journey for survivors.
UJA for all their help recruiting survivors for the delegation.
JCC Krakow for creating the welcome event for survivors

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Support Shabbat Program for Auschwitz Survivors

$13,128   raised
GOAL: $12,000

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The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF)
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The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF) is a group of historically minded individuals who believe that the existence of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, its authenticity, and its message will help prevent a reoccurrence of the hatred, racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia that led to the Holocaust.

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    Thank you for bringing light and warmth to this special Shabbat for Survivors to enjoy. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher.

  • Advocate
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    Thank you for bringing sweet melodies to this special Shabbat for Survivors to enjoy. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials.

  • Champion
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    Thank you for being a champion of this campaign and believing in the importance of sharing the stories of our Survivors. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials.

  • Defender
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    Thank you for being a defender of this campaign and helping to honor our Survivors with a beautiful and meaningful Shabbat. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials. In addition, you will have the chance to join a special guided tour of the “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. This will be lead by Dr. Beata Schulman. (Tour dates will be announced in January).

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    Thank you for bringing the comfort of Shabbat to those who can still share what they went through in the hope that we may never go through that again. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials. In addition, you will have the chance to join a special guided tour of the Auschwitz “Not Long Ago, Not Far Away” exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. This will be lead by Dr. Beata Schulman. (Tour dates will be announced in January).

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    Thank you for providing the chance for our Survivors to be together and enjoy a warm and delicious Shabbat. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials. In addition, you will have the chance to join a special guided tour of the Auschwitz “Not Long Ago, Not Far Away” exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. This will be lead by Dr. Beata Schulman. (Tour dates will be announced in January).

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    Thank you for opening your heart to honor our Survivors. Your name will be mentioned in the Shabbat bencher and printed materials. In addition, you will have the chance to join a special guided tour of the Auschwitz “Not Long Ago, Not Far Away” exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. This will be lead by Dr. Beata Schulman. (Tour dates will be announced in January).

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