Providing for the Needs of Holocaust Survivors in Eastern Europe
Among the millions of people murdered or who suffered beyond comprehension in concentration camps such as Treblinka, Auschwitz, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen were millions of children. We know that more than 1,500,000 children died in the Shoah, but what happened to those who survived the war and are now approaching the end of their lives?
It was those children, now old, alone and isolated, that Zane Buzby discovered back in 2001 as she visited remote villages in Eastern Europe, searching for her family’s roots. Astonished by what she saw, Zane returned home committed to changing the lives of as many as possible by offering them modest financial help as well as friendship and a respite from the loneliness they endure each day.
She founded Survivor Mitzvah Project (SMP) to fulfill this commitment. With the help of a small staff and a corps of volunteer translators, letters are exchanged and funds mailed or wired to cover a critical medication, food, costly repairs to modest and often sub-standard homes and more.
Time is running out, and within ten years there will be few, if any, survivors remaining. With this reality comes our commitment to continue to send funds to Zane so that she can reach even more than the 2,000 survivors currently receiving assistance.