A Call to Action

Justice for Holocaust Survivors

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My name is Jehuda Evron, and I am a Holocaust survivor.

I am asking you to take a simple step to help the effort to correct a historic wrong. I have fought for 20 years for the return of property taken by the Nazis from their Jewish victims, including from my wife’s family.

I have pressed government officials in Poland – and around the globe – on behalf of Holocaust survivors, and spoken at countless meetings to tell the world our story.

Now, I am in my 80s. Until the day I die, I will not give up. Every day, the few remaining Holocaust survivors are passing away. Sadly, many of these survivors will die in poverty, without benefiting from their property. Our struggle for justice cannot die with us.

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This Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), as the world remembers the Holocaust, I ask that the generations of those born after the Holocaust commit to continue the struggle that our generation started. Future generations need to continue efforts to recover what the Nazis, their allies and collaborators, as well as subsequent Communist governments, unjustly took from us and our families and from Jewish communities.

The community of nations has taken some measures toward recognizing the need for justice. In 2009, 47 countries845 endorsed the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues. In doing so, these countries called for a fair and speedy process to file claims and receive restitution or compensation for our property, as well as for properties that belonged to the devastated Jewish communities. The Terezin Declaration also recognizes the governments’ responsibility to care for needy Holocaust survivors, and to provide restitution of heirless property in order to fund this assistance, as well as Holocaust commemoration and education.

Together with the World Jewish Restitution Organization, I ask you to help in this struggle for justice and accept this Call to Action by signing this petition to the heads of government of the 47 nations that endorsed the Terezin Declaration.

In deep appreciation,

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Jehuda Evron

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A message from actor Joshua Malina, from Scandal, West Wing and Sports Night


 


CALL TO ACTION

RESPONSE AND PETITION


 

I accept the Call to Action to pursue justice for Holocaust survivors, their families and Jewish communities, whose property was wrongfully taken from them during and after the Holocaust, by signing the following message to the heads of state of the 47 countries that endorsed the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues in 2009:

As the population of Holocaust survivors diminishes, I ask your government to ensure justice for Holocaust survivors, their families, and for Jewish communities, whose property was wrongfully taken from them by the Nazis and their allies and by subsequent Communist governments.

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Supporting Organizations

Anti-Defamation League • The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants
American Jewish Committee • American Jewish Congress • American Zionist Movement
The Anglo-Jewish Association • The Association of Jewish Refugees • B’nai B’rith International
The Board of Deputies of British Jews • Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants
The Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
Conference of European Rabbis •  Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
European Council of Jewish Communities • European Jewish Congress • Executive Council of Australian Jewry
Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest New Jersey • Holocaust Educational Trust • Holocaust Restitution Committee
The Jewish Agency for Israel • Jewish Community Relations Council of New York • Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The Jewish Federations of North America • Montreal Holocaust Museum Centre • National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry
The Rabbinical Assembly • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism • Rabbinical Council of America
The Union for Reform Judaism • UJA/Federation of New York • World Agudath Israel
World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and their Descendants • World Jewish Congress • World Jewish Relief

Supporting Personalities

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and Hadassah Lieberman, daughter of Holocaust survivors
U.S. Congressman Randy Weber • Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Stuart Eizenstat • New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband • Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament Bas Belder
Israeli Yesh Atid Party Chairman Yair Lapid • Former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman
Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon • Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens
Former Chiefs of the Mossad Ephraim Halevy and Danny Yatom
Lord Alan Sugar, businessman • Lord Daniel Finkelstein, British journalist and politician
Lord Robert Winston, scientist and television presenter • Baroness Ruth Deech, QC (Hon.), legal scholar
Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, former president of the International Court of Justice
Jurist and Author Professor Alan Dershowitz • Actor Joshua Malina (“Scandal,” “The West Wing”)
Former Producer Rick Berman (“Star Trek”) • Producer Andy Lassner (“Ellen”)
David D’Or, singer • Haim Gouri, poet and novelist • Lea Koenig, actress • Nava Semel, author • Gila Almagor, actress
Udi Segal, journalist • Attila Somfalvi, journalist • Zvika Klein, journalist • Ariel Kahana, journalist

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 Photos on page courtesy of Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum
Photos of survivors in videos courtesy of Melanie Einzig, Leonardo Kremenchuzky, Christopher Mavric, Diana Pashkovich, Alain Picard and Jason Rogers
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