JERUSALEM — More than 75 years ago, the Holocaust, one of the greatest atrocities in history, came to an end. Liberation75, billed as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Descendants, Educators & Friends,” will take place virtually May 4-9, 2021, to draw attention to the growing needs of the remaining survivors of this atrocity.
Countless Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union live in obscurity, poverty, and isolation. On Thursday, May 6, Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), will join Rabbi Eli Rubenstein, a distinguished Holocaust educator and religious leader, at Liberation75 to discuss the work that still needs to be done to address the tremendous damage that Nazi brutality inflicted on these survivors.
Eckstein’s conversation with Rabbi Rubenstein will explore how The Fellowship’s mission of building bridges between the Christian and Jewish communities has created a groundbreaking alliance that is supporting thousands of Holocaust survivors who live in dire poverty.
“The needs of Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union are so great – especially now, after the year of sickness, isolation, and economic hardship we’ve just experienced,” Eckstein commented. “I’m truly honoured to be joining Rabbi Rubenstein at Liberation75 to discuss how The Fellowship is addressing these needs, and how so many Christians have taken on the responsibility of providing for Jews in need around the world.
“Elie Wiesel, who was himself a Holocaust survivor, said, ‘Just as a man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope.’ Hope has sustained the Jewish people through millennia of suffering and hardship. And today, the fact that Christians have fully embraced desperate Holocaust survivors and surrounded them with their compassion shows me that, no matter how dark the world may get, there will always be hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.”