Holocaust Survivor receives restitution 75 years later and donates funds to Jewish nonprofit

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 02:20:56-04

At 85 years old, Betty, a Holocaust survivor, can recall the horrific images she witnessed at the age of nine years old. 

Her father, was removed from their home in France and taken by the French railroad to a detention camp in Germany. Betty recalls the story of her father being sent to Auschwitz, and her father requesting a stationmaster to hide his family. 

After four years of hiding from Nazi soldiers and no contact with her father, he returned home.

This year, Betty received an award from the French Railroad Restitution Fund, that was part of a recent agreement between France and the U.S. 

On Monday, Betty donated $10,000 to the Holocaust Survivors Program at the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services in Clearwater. 

"Betty's generous investment is among the most significant individual gifts to this program and I am tremendously humbled to receive her support," said Dr. Sandra Braham, President and CEO.

Gulf Coast Holocaust Survivors Program serves 260 members in the Bay area.