Café Europe for Holocaust Survivors

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The city of Ramat HaSharon plans to honor its 500 Holocaust survivors who live in the town by opening a coffee shop, which replicates pre-war Europe, just for them.

Café Europe will offer early 20th century European cuisine served in cookware from the period, with dancing and music in an atmosphere designed in European style.

The coffee shop would open once a week as meeting place for the city’s Holocaust survivors to be able to share their culture and reminisce about life before the war.

“I think it’s worth giving it a try. I plan to go and see what it’s like,” said Marti Dotan, a Holocaust survivor.

Survivors hope the café will enable them to be with others who won’t judge them for what they went through.

“People think that something was wrong with us, that we went like sheep to the slaughter,” said Dotan. “It’s an opportunity not only to talk about what you went through, but discuss what happened after that, talk about the children, grandchildren, how you spend your time.”

Ramat Hasharon Mayor Yitzhak Rochberger expressed appreciation for the survivors and was glad the city could contribute to their needs.

“We care about the survivors. Activities of this type are meant to empower our senior citizens who came here with that specific background and to strengthen their feeling of belonging to this community,” he said.

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