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Letter: Not all Holocaust victims feel insecure since atrocity

Not all Holocaust victims feel insecure since atrocity

The Oct. 4 letter “Holocaust survivors will never feel secure” reflected not just the writer’s own personal problems caused by the Holocaust, but she included all Holocaust survivors in our community. She stated that all survivors feel different, never secure or safe, feel unwanted, not accepted in their community, never feel the normalcy that Americans feel.

For the last 30 years, I have been intimately involved with the Holocaust survivors in Western New York. They overcame their traumatic past. They came to America without families who perished during the Holocaust, no education, could not speak English, no money and no marketable skills.

After decades of interacting with friends, colleagues, and neighbors and joining synagogues and other organizations, they acquired so many friends who became their extended families.

The survivors were welcomed by our community with open arms and with love. None of the survivors, I know, ever stated, that they don’t feel secure, unwanted or un-American. They volunteer for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo by lecturing about the lessons of the Holocaust and human rights issues. They visit schools, colleges, synagogues, churches, theaters and scout groups.

In conjunction with the Buffalo State College Anne Frank Project, they go to Buffalo schools with large numbers of refugee students who experience similar problems as the survivors had when they came to Buffalo.

The survivors are telling their stories because they feel it is their moral duty and so that present and future generations will learn the lessons of the Holocaust and will have the knowledge and tools to prevent hate crimes and genocides.

Sophia Veffer


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