Holocaust Survivors' Foundation USA Statement On Murders Of 11 Jewish Worshipers In Pittsburgh


MIAMI, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — We are heartbroken and grief-stricken for the victims of the Tree of Life massacre, and stand in solidarity with their families and the Pittsburgh Jewish community.  We send our deepest condolences to all affected by this tragedy, including the four first responders who came to their rescue. We send prayers of healing and for a full recovery — refuach shelayma – to all.

As Holocaust survivors, we are profoundly saddened and outraged by the heinous murder of Jewish worshipers.  It is almost impossible to believe that we would once again be witnesses to the murder of innocent human beings solely because they are Jewish – and that such a crime would be committed nearly eight (8) decades after the Holocaust, and in the United States of America. 

We know from bitter personal experience that an assault on human dignity spawned by hate and anti-Semitism carries the very real seeds of human disaster that devastated Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh on Saturday, and shattered the increasingly precarious sense of security of Jewish communities throughout this country.

We appeal to everyone in our nation to respect each other as human beings, no matter our political differences, and make a solemn promise to reject hatred and intolerance for the sake of each other,  our families, and future generations. 


Israel Arbeiter, Boston MA       

David Mermelstein, Miami FL

Dena Axelrod, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  

Leo Rechter, Queens, NY

Renee Firestone, Los Angeles, CA  

David Schaecter, Miami, FL

Sello Fisch, Bronx NY                       

Shirley Rubin, Boynton Beach, FL

Ella Frumkin, Los Angeles, CA         

Anita Schuster, Las Vegas NV

Jay Ipson, Richmond, VA                 

Charles Srebnik, New York, NY

Louise Lawrence-Israels, Wash. D.C. 

Agnes Vertes, Weston, CT

Herbert Karliner, Miami Beach, FL      

Esther Widman, Brooklyn NY

Annette Lantos, Washington, D.C.        

Alex Moskovic, Harrisonburg, VA            



David Schaecter, President 305 742-8501

Samuel J. Dubbin, Counsel 305 815-8060

Statement Endorsed by the Coordinating Council of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI)

Esther Finder, Southern Nevada
Anat Bar-Cohen, Maryland/DC
Klara Firestone, Los Angeles, CA
Dina Cohen, New Jersey
Barbara Wind, New Jersey
Ken Engel, Minnesota
Pepi Nichols, Houston, TX
Charles Silow, Minnesota
Daniel Brooks, New York
Doris Schwarz-Lisenbee, Silicon Valley, CA
Raymonde (Ray) Fiol. Southern Nevada
Sarah Weiss, Ohio

Janice Friebaum, Phoenix, Arizona
George Foster, Australia

SOURCE Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA

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