Claims Conference opens Holocaust survivor speakers bureau

Elevating Holocaust education In schools, survivors across the globe take their testimony directly to students.

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The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) launched the Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB) with more than 250 Holocaust survivors willing and able to tell their critical stories to students around the world.

Gideon Taylor, president of the Claims Conference, said: “At a moment of dramatically rising antisemitism, this program tells the history and educates for the future. A Holocaust survivor speakers bureau of this scale and reach is unprecedented. Holocaust stories remain as important as ever, for both ends of the generational spectrum. Survivors continue to feel the enormous need to share their harrowing stories, and, encouragingly, schools continue to want to fill their rooms with living, eyewitness testimony.”

Since its founding in 1951, the Claims Conference has been dedicated to securing a measure of justice for Jewish survivors and sharing those terrible stories.

Schools or groups wanting a survivor to come and speak must register with the Claims Conference. Then they can fill out an event request that includes forms for venue, audience size and average audience age, as well as any special requirements. The Claims Conference considers each request before connecting institutions or groups with survivors.

To request a survivor speaker, visit the Claims Conference website at: www.claimscon.org/Speakers.

With Assistance from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against GermanySupported by the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future.

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The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (ClaimsConference), a nonprofit organization with offices in New York, Israel, Germany and Austria, secures material compensation for Holocaust survivors around the world. Founded in 1951 by representatives of 23 major international Jewish organizations, the Claims Conference negotiates for and disburses funds to individuals and organizations and seeks the return of Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust. As a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference since 1952, the German government has paid more than $90 billion in indemnification to individuals for suffering and losses resulting from persecution by the Nazis. In 2023, the Claims Conference distributed over $560 million in compensation to over 200,000 survivors in 83 countries and allocate over $750 million in grants to over 300 social service agencies worldwide that provide vital services for Holocaust survivors, such as home care, food and medicine. For 2024, the Claims Conference successfully negotiated approximately $535 million in compensation for survivors globally and $888 million for survivors’ home health care needs.For more information, please visit: www.claimscon.org. With Assistance from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future.
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