Living With Dignity – Seminar and Exhibition on Welfare of Holocaust Survivors at the European Parliament

On 23rd June 2015, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI), in cooperation with MEP Bastiaan Belder – Vice-Chairman of the EU Delegation for Relations with Israel – hosted a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels to highlight and publicise the achievements of the International Conference on Welfare for Holocaust Survivors and Other Victims of Nazi Persecution, that was held in Prague on 26th and 27th May 2015.

The seminar was attended by Members of the European Parliament, officials from the European Commission, the Israeli Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, diplomats and ministerial delegates, civil society representatives, and members of the Jewish communities of Belgium and the Netherlands. The purpose of the seminar was twofold: firstly, to inform EU institutions of ESLI’s recent achievements – including the International Conference on Welfare for Holocaust Survivors and Other Victims of Nazi Persecution and the progress made towards improving welfare availability and accessibility for victims of Nazism – and secondly, to help garner support for the creation of a Special European Envoy for post-Holocaust issues within the European Commission, who would coordinate with EU institutions currently monitoring, advocating for, and providing technical guidance on the implementation of the Terezin Declaration.

The seminar was followed by the Opening of the exhibition: “Living with Dignity!”, which was dedicated to Holocaust survivors from the Terezin Declaration countries. The exhibition enabled visitors to become better acquainted with issues facing Holocaust survivors. The event was attended by over 30 people from the European Parliament and the European Commission, Belgian and Dutch Jewish communities, journalists, Holocaust survivors, and the Israeli Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues.