Panel Discussion

Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers

3GNY invites you to join us for Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers.Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 pm Jewish Enrichment Center: 38 W 13th Street, btwn 5th & 6th aves

Rescuers is an exhibition of photographs and extraordinary stories from the Holocaust, and the genocides that occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and Cambodia. These are remarkable stories about ordinary heroes who resisted overwhelming tides of prejudice and violence to risk their lives saving members from enemy groups.

In partnership with PROOF: Media for Social Justice, this special event will include a panel discussion with PROOF Executive Director Leora Kahn and experts on topics from Human Rights law to the psychology of moral courage.

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Admission is Free, but registration is required

For any questions about the event, please email:

The Swiss Banks Settlement - Panel Discussion with the Judges

March 17, 2008 We heard from two prominent jurists reflect on one of the most important recent cases involving the Holocaust. Two United States federal judges, the Hon. Edward Korman and the Hon. Frederic Block discussed their decisions in the landmark cases involving Swiss banks charged with profiting from the confiscated property of European Jews during World War II.

Justice Edward Korman presided over the $1.25 billion settlement with the banks as well as the distribution of payment to survivors while Justice Frederic Block handed down the decision in the settlement regarding attorney fees. Although the verdict against the banks was handed down in 1998, the decisions about the distribution of funds and attorney fees were not handed down until December 2007.

Controversy surrounds these recent decisions among Holocaust survivors and others, who feel their decision does not do survivors justice. During the Q&A, pointed questions were asked of the judges by Leo Rechter, executive director of the National Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Some survivors in attendance also expressed to the judges their disappointment in their decision. Others simply asked detailed questions about the case. This event was evenly divided between all three generations.

We thank Professor Harry Reicher of University of Pennsylvania Law School, who served as moderator.

We also thank the JCC in Manhattan for hosting us.

For more background on the case:

Final Approval on Swiss Holocaust Claims

Deciding Which Wrongs to Right; Brooklyn Judge Has to Winnow Requests for Holocaust Fund

Holocaust Survivors in U.S. Say Settlement Slights Them

Survivors Ask Court To Alter Swiss Bank Settlement

Judge is Assailed Over Holocaust Fund

Judge Block Awards Legal Fees


Speaking with Survivors

April 26, 2006 3GNY's discussion, "Defining the Legacy," followed Makor's "Asking the Survivors" program. Makor's program was a panel discussion led by two journalists (Liel Liebowitz with the Jewish Week and Gabrielle Birkner with the New York Sun) who interviewed two survivors who have recently written their memoirs: Aharon Golub, author of the memoir "Kaddishel: A Life Reborn"; Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, author of "Love in a World of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs."

After the program ended, we moved to Makor's reading room to discuss the program we had just seen, as well as a range of other issues dealing with the legacy.