The #MyPropertyStory campaign encourages Holocaust survivors and their families, together with WJRO, to share their stories and raise awareness of the need to address the restitution of Jewish private and communal property seized during the Holocaust and its aftermath.
This year’s campaign (January 27 – February 27) focuses on youth and survivors speaking about justice and will serve as an important reminder that even 77 years after the Holocaust, survivors and their families continue to await justice for the largest theft in history.
Behind your family’s home, business, and keepsake, there is a story.
What connects you to your family history?
View of the entrance to a Jewish owned business in Zagreb, Croatia belonging to Vilim Weiss (circa 1941). Credit: @USHMM, courtesy of Marta Kupfermann Elkana
The family home built by my grandfather, Yitzhak Frucht in 1938, is currently a regional dental clinic in Lviv, Ukraine.
Dr. Tova Friedman, one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, along with her daughter Taya Goodman, and her grandson, Aron Goodman, share their own story of what has connected them to their family history.
Rachel Piuti – The Gold Ring.
When my mother went back to Krakow to reclaim her father’s house, there was a pogrom in progress to kill any Jew who came back. A film is being made about my family’s escape from the Krakow Ghetto. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWTbS3WM2mg&app=desktop
When is someone going to stand up for justice for Czech Jewish refugees?
My Mother’s family house no longer existed, but their presence existed for me on every street, store, and corner.
There was this nice lady who worked in the little cubby hole Post Office in the back corner of the Woolworth Store in the Admiral shopping center just two blocks from my home in Tulsa.
I wanted them to know!
Our carpentry turned Satmerer’s chaider and Czech elementary school n°1
My grandparents and their 12-year-old daughter (my mother) left Vienna in 1938, leaving everything behind.
This story, while not unique, is a constant reminder of the loss of my family.
How can I start without a trace?
Lottumstrasse 15, Berlin, Germany; expropriated by Germany 3 times from the Austrian Jewish owners; Legalized Theft
I find that my parents and I have all left the past in the past.
A Jewish Frankfurt family in 1937
Narrowly avoiding the grasp of the Nazis, Sala Nisenbaum lived under an assumed name with her benefactor, Adela Nemeth, and survived the Holocaust, ultimately arriving in the U.S. in 1947.
My great-grandfather’s business was aryanized then “liquidated” leaving him almost penniless at age 63.
My great grandfather, Abraham Chaim Horowitz owned a house in Korczyna Poland, and my grandfather Yosef Bendet lived in the family home before he was sent to his death at Belzec in August 1942.
“Despite all the efforts I made and everyone I turned to in court, my saga of recovering the property is at a standstill.”
“We felt that it was our inheritance to try to take back some of that sense of joyfulness that existed in the house.”
“The restitution of property [in Poland] will be a historical justice and will bring Polish and Jewish people closer together.”
“Compensation is a binding chain that ties the story together.”
…then upon my return home, the memory of seeing the stolen rings of my dead sister on another woman’s hand in a café.
“I will not give up”
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