About the Conference

International Conference on Welfare for Holocaust Survivors

and Other Victims of Nazi Persecution: 

Living with Dignity!

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 26-27 May 2015, Prague, Czernin Palace, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague 1; map

There is a pressing need to address the welfare of Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution as highlighted at the 2009 Prague HEA conference and at follow-up events. Many live in abject poverty, suffer from specific health and mental disabilities and face social isolation in their elderly years, often with no family to assist them.

The purpose of this international conference is to bring government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) and independent experts together to explore realistic mechanisms and best practices to assist those most in need and provide a modicum of dignity in their remaining years.

Topics of the conference:

  • Exchange information and best practices among countries and NGOS.
  • Analyze the current status of social welfare benefits for Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Identify the most pressing needs and gaps in assistance.
  • Explore possible areas of public/private and intergovernmental cooperation.
  • Optimize existing resources to enhance the scope and impact of available programs and explore new creative mechanisms.
  • Highlight the importance of human care for Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution.

Proposed Outcomes:

  • Greater public awareness and commitment to address the specific needs of Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Development of an easily accessible tool/website to enable governments and civil society to exchange information and best practices.
  • Launching and maintenance of a database tracking status of social welfare programs country-by-country.
  • Comparison, synergy and optimization of financial means for Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Enhanced availability of information regarding all resources and services available to Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazism.

 

This international conference is being held under the patronage of the European Parliament, European Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is organized with the support of Israeli Ministry for Senior CitizensEVZ Stiftung and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

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