On October 24, 2017, the All-Israeli Association of Concentration Camps and Ghetto Survivors celebrated their 25th anniversary. Co-founder and current chairman, Gita Koifman, invited hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and their respected community leaders from thirty-four cities in Israel to come together in celebration of the work that has been accomplished over the years and to honor those who have dedicated their time and resources to the cause. CBN Israel and our partner volunteers were among those present in the ceremony.
The association was founded in 1992 for the purposes of protecting the rights and interests of former prisoners of Nazism, preserving the memory of the Holocaust victims and to establish constructive relations with foreign organizations- namely evangelical Christians. Representatives from the organizations who have helped the association reach their goals each took the stage and gave their speech.
“We greatly appreciate the Christian organizations that support us”, said Lilia Glauser. “We have visited with them and have seen for ourselves that their care for us is real.”
German Christian, Harold Heckert, stated in his video that caring for Holocaust Survivors in support of this association was one of the most meaningful things he has done in his life. He followed with the scripture from Isaiah 40:1- “‘Comfort, o comfort My people’, says your God.”
Town organizer, Rita, from Petach Tikva shared, “we really appreciate Christians because they not only give us material support, but also spiritual and emotional (support).”
One of the most impressionable speeches was given by Mr. Cord Muller – a representative from the Consul of Germany in Israel. “We, all of us Germans, brought unbelievable guilt upon us. We as a country will not forget what happened in the Nazi times. We are facing our obligations derived from the Holocaust by telling every new generation of Germans about the horrible crimes that were committed by teaching them to strive for peace and respect towards others and for friendship with Israel.”
After hearing many meaningful speeches, awards were presented to the thirty-four association leaders who work directly with the Survivors in their local areas. Among those who received awards were two of CBN Israel’s partners, Jenny and Inessa.
The meeting closed with songs of celebration in Yiddish, Russian and Hebrew, performed by national artist, Daniel Pruzhansky.
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, October 25, 2017, and reposted with permission.