Jun 2005 Journal

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Annual conference of child survivors

The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust is an umbrella organisation of groups of Child Survivors. As children, we experienced Nazi persecution in Europe in one form or another. The World Federation comprises more than 50 Child Survivors' groups worldwide. Each group is an independent self-help group offering mutual support.

Since 1988 the World Federation has sponsored annual conferences of Child Survivors including Kindertransportees and Hidden Children. Those meetings, held so far in North America, Europe and Israel, have attracted upwards of 300 attendees from around the world. The conferences have been addressed by important speakers on issues which concern us, and feature workshops targeting not only survivors but also spouses and the Second Generation.

Until relatively recently many Child Survivors were reluctant to discuss their experiences. However, over the last 10 to 20 years that has changed. Being together with other Child Survivors in a relaxed social atmosphere enables us to discuss our experiences should we wish to do so. For many of us, being together is sufficient.

The 17th Annual Conference, entitled 'Still Going Strong 1945-2005', will take place in Amsterdam on 19-22 August. There are several ways of obtaining further information. Go to the website, where you can also register for the Congress (but note the Dutch spelling of congres!) at www.congres2005.nl, send an e-mail to maxal@congres2005.nl, send a fax to 003120-4421809, or write to J.C.S. Congres 2005, Postbus 74761, NL-1070 BT Amsterdam, Holland.
Henri Obstfeld

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