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Preserving WIZO Holocaust Memories

Holocaust Day 2015: WIZO establishes archive to preserve Holocaust memories and documentation from members around the world

April 15, 2015
Preserving WIZO Holocaust Memories

During the Holocaust, WIZO lost 14 federations in Europe and tens of thousands of members. Esther Sawczycka, who founded the WIZO group in Baranowicze, Poland, was one of them. We have to preserve their stories. Here is Esther's story>>

Today Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, 70 years since the end of World War II, 70 years since the remnants of our people who survived the Holocaust in Europe emerged from the concentration camps to try to rebuild their lives.WIZO lost more than ten European federations that were active before the war and many hundreds of thousands of members. Those who were children when they were liberated are now in their 70s. Those who were young adults are now in their 90s.If we do not act fast, their histories and testimonies will be lost forever.

The Publicity Division is compiling an archive of information consisting of documents and photos about WIZO federations and members during and before the Holocaust. We are sure some of your members have their own or relatives' letters, documents, photos, written or oral histories from this period.

We would like to collect this information – copies or digital versions – at World WIZO, and we would be most grateful if you could initiate a campaign in your federation to gather this material.Please send all information to

Thanking you in advance for participating in this important project.

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