A letter from Judi Hannes, Founder and Co-Chair of:
THE NANCY DERSHAW GRANT FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
(My letter will be placed in the Congressional Record as basis to pressure Germany to take responsibility for doing what is right. The ND GRANT will now be a part of the Congressional Record. It will be added as an exhibit to Jack Rubin’s testimony in Wash. D.C.)
Over the past several years we have seen an explosion in the needs of Holocaust survivors South Florida as well as around the world. Our communities are home to a growing number of very elderly survivors who are becoming frailer as they outlive their resources. They are having difficulty paying for food, medicine, doctor bills and other basic needs. The need is greater now than ever before because many are all alone, left without spouses or family.
I am an officer and active member of NEXT GENERATIONS, which established the Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors in Need in 2011 to honor the founder and president Nancy Dershaw and to fulfill one of the major goals by helping the frail, ill and needy survivors in our communities.
The Nancy Dershaw Grant distributes 100% of funds collected to Holocaust Survivors in need. Since its inception Judi Hannes, Co-Chair-Grant Founder, Riva Ginsburg Co-Chair and the Board of NEXT GENERATIONS have awarded over $100,000 to The Albert Jewish Family and Children’s Services in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton, Florida, Jewish Community Services of South Florida and Jewish Family Services of Broward County. These agencies provide direct care to elderly survivors that are in need of help.
These Grant funds provide assistance with medication, food, hearing aids, transportation, eyeglasses, dental work and other critical services otherwise unavailable without these funds.
As the founder of this GRANT, I am all too familiar with how difficult it is for communities to raise the funds for survivors who are still suffering and in dire financial circumstances. Though we work tirelessly to raise funds each year to help impoverished survivors, the unmet needs remain vast.
The current system whereby indigent Holocaust survivors are dependent on the funds raised in the community, or the leavings of resources diverted from living heirs who can prove their families’ connection to properties confiscate by the Nazis, is morally bankrupt. It leaves tens of thousands of survivors to suffer needlessly, denies legitimate heirs the legacies of their families who were victimized by Hitler, and absolves the current German government from its moral responsibility to meet all of the survivors’ needs.
Why must we make sacrifices or choices?
We hope you support the survivors’ efforts to have Germany take full responsibility for survivors’ needs, and require the Claims Conference to do what it was always supposed to do with our families’ properties – return them to the rightful heirs.
The Holocaust Survivors should be able to live their lives with the dignity and comfort they deserve. My brother and I should be able to recover what is rightfully ours.
Thank you for your time and consideration to this urgent situation.
Judi Hannes Judi HannesCo- Chair Grant FounderThe Nancy Dershaw Grant For Holocaust Survivors In Need
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