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.
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
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.”
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