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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--The older Hava Shilo gets, the more she feels thevoidofrelativeswho were killed during the Shoah. An artist living in Haifa, Shilo hopes to locate others who, like her, survived the Ho- locaust as children. Ultimately they will be the last ones alive to attest to the people and way of life lost, and therefore must use their time well to perpetu- ate those legacies, she said. Shilo, 75, hopes that to- gether, for example, they could consider new ways to press the governments of their native lands to return stolen property. Such gatherings alsowould lend each person an "alternate family," Shilo said. "Maybe they'd like to connect for mutual support," she said. "When you have family, you have such support: someone to talk with, get advice from, whom you're friends with." Holocaust survivor organi- zations abound, including for those who survived as children. One, the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants, will hold its annual conference next month in Cleveland. A prominent group in Israel is Yesh: Children and Orphan Holocaust Survivors. Shilo has attended meetings of both groups, but said she prefers a more informal and personal approach. A widow with two children and five grandchildren, Shilo foresees getting together for chats on holidays or Friday afternoons before Shabbat, perhaps host- ing people for meals. Her initiative is understand- Courtesy Hava Shilo Hava Shilo, a resident of Haifa, says the murder of her relatives during the Holocaust is felt "more and more as I get older." able, given that many Holo- caust survivors seek others like themselves to share memories and tell their stories, according to Fayanne Kuttler, a social worker in North Miami Beach. "They really like to be amongst other people who went through it so they can talk about it," said Kuttler, who has counseled Holocaust survivors for 30 years (and is my sister-in-law). "Everybody's experiences are different, and people like to be with others who understand them." A native of Lvov, Poland (now Ukraine), Shilo counts herself fortunate to have sur- vived the Shoah and emerged with her nuclear family intact: her parents, Arnold and Roza Greenfeld, and her brother, David. But the Nazis and their collaborators destroyed her extended family: her paternal grandparents; her father's sis- ter and two brothers, including one, Bernard,who, likeArnold, was a physician, their three children; and her mother's brother (a rabbi in the Polish army), sister and their spouses and two children. A farmer in Brzerzany had hidden the Greenfelds. They awoke one winter night in 1944 with the farmhouse aflame, torched by the Ukrainian underground. The farmer was dead. Arnold and Roza grasped their children's hands and led them outside--the first time they had emerged from 13 months in hiding. In fluent Ukrainian, Arnold informed the mob leaders that he was a physician and offered them medical care. Withweap- ons trained on him, his quick thinking had saved their lives. "I remember thatwewalked 2 1/2 kilometers [more than a mile and a half] in the snow to their command post," Shilo said. "Dad was charismatic, strong. He started working for them as a doctor. He told them that if they harmed us at all, he'd stop working for them. We were with them for two months. "One night he took us and we fled from the Ukrainians. He was afraid that when the Russians arrived, the Ukraini- ans would kill us. We walked and walked and walked." The family took shelter near a church and cut their hair to make it more difficult for the Ukrainians they had fled to recognize them. The next day, they found freedom when Russian soldiers conquered the area. 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But Shilowould like to hear from survivors anywhere in the Jewish world. After being interviewed this summer on the Israeli radio programs "Hamador L'chipus Krovim" (Searching for Rela- tives Bureau) and "Zichron Ehd L'tiud Hashoah" (Witness Memory to Document the Holocaust), she was contacted by three survivors, including a Lvov native living in Haifawho was orphaned during the war. "I want to create a warm connection with those who feel that their extended family was wiped out," she said. "All these years I remember the loss of my great family, destroyed in the Shoah .... I feel the loss more and more as I get older. I can't forget the people who were killed or the Germans' great crime against us." Despite all those whom she and others lost in the Holo- caust, "we can build a family" By Stewart Ain New York Jewish Week Unbeknownst to the po- litical and communal lead- ers who stood outside the United Nations last Monday to criticize Iranian President Mah- moud Ahmadinejad's planned Wednesday speech to the UN General Assembly, the Ira- nian leader was already inside speaking. Ahmadinejad had been intro- duced to speak at a forum on international law when Israel's United Nations ambassador, Ron Prosor, rose and stormed outofthe roomasAhmadinejad approached the rostrum. "There is no justice and no judge here," Prosor was quoted as saying loudly to aides as he left the room. "The leader of a outlaw state that flouts inter- national law on a regular basis and violates the fundamental principles of the rule of law has no place here." As he walked from the UN building, Prosor told The Jewish Week: "This serial Holocaust denier has the audacity to stand up and talk about the rule of law. It's like having an arsonist command the fire department in New York. It's an outrage, and the Israeli delegation left." He said he saw the Canadian delegation walk out with him and that there might have been others. Meanwhile at the press con- ference, which was held behind a police barricade for security purposes, Sen. Kirsten Gilli- brand rippedintoAhmadinejad as a leader whose "heinous rhetoric is not only deplorable but must be recognized forwhat it is--incitement to genocide." "It is shocking, outrageous and offensive that this year's farce will be given on Yom Kippur--the holiest day of the year for the very Jewish people his regime is so committed to wiping off the map," Gillibrand fumed. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was equally upset with the timing of Ah- madinejad's speech, calling it Courtesy Hava Shilo The family of Arnold Greenfeld, Hava Shilo's father, is shown in this 1932 image taken next to their home in Lvov. All eight people were killed in the Holocaust. by turning to one another, to write about your search for Shilo said. long-lost relatives and friends, "I believe in solidarity. We, please include the principal because we were kids [then], facts and your contact in- are the last generation ofpeo- formation in a brief email. pie who survived the Shoah." "Seeking Kin" is sponsored Please email Hillel Kuttler by Bryna Shuchat and Joshua at if you Landes and family in loving survived the Shoah as a child memory of their mother and and would like to establish grandmother, Miriam Shu- contact with Hava Shilo. If chat, a lifelong uniter of the you would like "Seeking Kin" Jewish people. "inconceivable," and asked that evil--and the Iranian regime is steps be made to move it to a an evil regime." different day. "It's the right and moral "The repeated reprehensible thing to do," he added. "We have statements made by a regime to keep standing up." that is working to build a Mark Medin, a senior vice nuclear bomb, and is actively president of UJA-Federation of supporting terrorists who kill New York, agreed, saying: "We Americans and Israelis, must have a moral responsibility to be taken seriously for what stand up and make our voices it is--incitement to commit heard.Silenceisnotacceptable. genocide. It is time to bring Wemustlettheworldknowthat the full force of international wewillneverbesilentintheface law to bear on the Iranian of true hatred and animosity leaders' criminal statements against the Jewish people and and actions." the State of Israel." Gillibrand pointed out that Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx, she co-sponsored abi-partisan Westchester and Rockland) resolution last week calling pointed out that not only has upon the UN Security Council Ahmadinejad vowed to destroy and its members to increase Israel but "he would extermi- sanctions against Iran for nate the Jewish people." violating international law for "DespotshaveturnedtheUN inciting genocide against Israel. into a hotbed ofhatred,"he said. The resolution, which had the "It's shameful that that kind of supportof23senators, alsocalls language comes out of the UN for referring a genocide case far too much." against Iran to the prosecutor Rep. Gerald Nadler of Man- of the International Criminal hattan said Ahmadinejad's Court. "It's time to enforce "calling for the destruction of the Genocide Convention," Israel and its people is genocide she said. and unspeakable. He has said Among the others at the countless, absurd lies against press event were several mem- the Jewish people. When ty- bers of Congress and city offi- rants threaten mass murder, cialswhohaveattendedsimilar their words must be taken press conferencesqn recent seriously.... He must not be years. The Jewish Community allowed to incite violence with Relations Council of New York impunity." organized them. In recent City Council Speaker Chris- years, Iran 180,agroup founded tine Quinn cited a list of things to demand that Iran give up its she said make Ahmadinejad quest for nuclear weapons, has unwelcome in the city, includ- been a co-sponsor, ing his"expressed anti-Semitic Chris DeVito, director of views and doubts about the Iran180, said the message they Holocaust," Iran's discrimina- wantedtoconveytoAhmadine- tion against women and its jad was that he is "Unwelcome imprisonment without trial of in New York City." He said they dissidents. areaskingthatpeopleuseTwit- "The threat of a nuclear- ter to express their displeasure armed Iran is not just an Israeli with his presence by using the problem but a global problem hashtag #unwelcome. which the world must address "If people are enraged, immediately," she said. they can deliver that message Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- throughTwitteranditwillcome Manhattan, Queens, Roosevelt through," he said. Island) pointed out that an Ira- Alan Jaffe, president of the nianvicepresidentadmittedly- JCRC, saiditisnecessarytohold ing to international inspectors such press conferences to de- aboutitsnuclearprogram.And nounceAhmadinejad"because of Ahmadinejad's speech at the you can never stop telling the UN, shesaidhe"hasnobusiness truthwhenyouaredealingwith being in that building."