The Claims Conference provides support to individual social services agencies worldwide to host luncheons, dances, talks, and community events called Café Europa. These programs are for Holocaust survivors to meet over a meal and form community. The name comes from a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden where survivors would meet after the war to try to find family and friends.
Many survivors only feel genuinely comfortable among others who have shared similar experiences and instinctively understand each other
Such experiences nourish the soul and are as important to the survivors’ well-being as any of the other services provided. Café Europa immeasurably adds to their quality of life and in many cases gives them emotional strength to keep going.
Café Europa programs are offered several times throughout the year and offer Holocaust survivors the opportunity to socialize with others from similar backgrounds and experiences. The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo are able to provide these programs to Holocaust Survivors through a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.