23 November 2003

ISFSP Salutes Eva Mozes Kor After Arson Attack


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The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) was outraged to have learned the Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Experiments Survivors [C.A.N.D.L.E.S.] Museum has been destroyed by arson. The blaze was started according to accounts when a brick was thrown through the window and gasoline or another accelerant was thrown inside the structure, completely destroying all artifacts, displays and exhibits.

ISFSP calls on the FBI and Terre Haute, Indiana authorities to immediately take action to protect the Jewish community while speedily investigating this horrendous attack. White supremacists are suspected because of spray paint which was left on the walls saying "Remember Timmy McVeigh." McVeigh, the Oklahoma City federal building bomber who shared sympathies with white supremacists, was executed at a federal prison outside Terre Haute in 2001.

Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director of the ISFSP salutes Mrs. Eva Mozes Kor for her tremendous strength to rebuild, as well as her ongoing mission of teaching about the Shoah. Eva Mozes Kor, the director, is an Auschwitz survivor who has agreed not to be a victim, and plans to reopen the facility. The C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum is seeking donations of materials to help rebuild their exhibit hall and facility.

The ISFSP is arranging for the donation of several items to be used in an exhibit hall after the the rebuilding of the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum. These items include several large mounted photos of troops liberating a concentration camp--these come from a personal collection and have never been seen before, as well as objects retrieved from Auschwitz and Nazi Germany.

As of 24 November the ISFSP will be acting as a liaison for donations of books for the purpose of rebuilding the library at the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum. ISFSP feels this is an important cause, and thus will use their list of contacts and other sources to seek assistance for the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum.

As Isaiah the prophet said, "...you shall rebuild the old ruins; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach." (58:12)



The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) is a Jewish agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing Sephardim internationally. The ISFSP also functions to produce high quality Jewish educational projects which will educate the public on the rich Sephardic Jewish communities, past and present.

The ISFSP is a a non-profit organization.



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