“For sins against God, the liturgy says, The Day of Atonement atones, but for sins of one man against another, The Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.”
How can I, a member Of NEXT GENERATIONS, make peace with the past? How can I atone for the pains of the past and help build a better world of tolerance, human kindness and peace? Speaking on behalf of NEXT GENERATIONS, a non-profit organization made up of children, grandchildren and friends of holocaust survivors, our very mission is to educate and eradicate hatred, bigotry and bullying and transform the world into a more harmonious place for future generations.
In my e-mail this morning, I twice received the following AP article with the headline ‘EXPELLED NAZIS PAID MILLIONS IN SOCIAL SECURITY. I looked at the date and read October 19, 2014. No, it was not April Fool’s Day! I rubbed my eyes and re-read the article. Names were named! Dates were given! Former SS guards, collaborators, and a rocket scientist have collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after agreeing to leave the United States. Where is the public outrage? Why more cover-ups? Why more lame excuses? Enough is enough.
The OSI bargained with Nazi suspects so that they would leave America voluntarily. Since 1979, the AP has found at least 38 out of 66 suspects who left the United States and received social security benefits. In 1999, newly uncovered Social Security Administration records revealed that 28 Nazi criminals have collected 1.5 million dollars in Social Security payments after their removal from the U.S.A. This is a nightmare.
Not only are survivors constantly reminded that the holocaust was more than 70 years ago and to “get over it!!!” - The U.S. State Department and federal government have repeatedly skirted the issue of compensating the survivors from global insurers like Allianz and Generali. They continue to demean the survivors’ requests for any financial compensation that might help restore their human dignity.
And yet, the U.S agencies have created a loophole that allows Nazi perpetrators to receive full social security benefits and are ruling adversely and cruelly regarding survivors and their families.
This is incomprehensible and unacceptable.
Oh you want the Jewish vote this election season?
Well, DO something for the survivors. How can you legitimize Nazi war criminals receiving full social security benefits when so many survivors who were THE VICTIMS are either ignored or whose claims are buried under a morass of paperwork and bureaucratic gobbledygook. ENOUGH! Neither the survivors nor their families choose to carry their anger forward; they want to be treated with fairness, parity and justice. Then and only then can there can be atonement.
Chairman of Education