Category Archives: Survivor Letters


The survivors we help write us letters of thanks, letters of never before published Holocaust testimony, and letters describing their current circumstances. The thousands of letters we have received are now all part of The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s Holocaust Educational Archive.

Luba – Ukraine

Greetings, my dear beloved ‘daughters’ Zenochka and Donochka and my American friends!!!

First, my dear golden daughters, I want to congratulate you on the great holiday of Chanukah, the holiday of light and warmth. I wish you strong health, wellbeing, happiness, luck, and success in all your activities. May all your dreams come true with G-d’s help and all the blessings. Omen!!!

My dear daughters, if you don’t find it hard, please, pass my congratulations on Chanukah to all the American friends. I wish them kindness, wellbeing, strong health, happiness, and may they all live till the next year and celebrate all Yiddishe einteivyn: Omen!!!

I love you all and miss you very, very much.

There is no more work on my garden plot. Everything is done for winter. I earthed up the soil, dug up all the seedbeds, chopped up the earth around the strawberries, planted garlic for winter and covered it before it starts to freeze.
There haven’t been any frosts so far, though the nights and early mornings are cool. People go out in warm coats. During the day it’s 4-5 degrees C. Thank G-d, I try to do everything by myself, though slower than before. They say, life is movement, so I follow this statement. Every day early in the morning I do some exercises, then do all the chores about the house.

I love you all very, very much. May G-d protect you all, always and everywhere, in all your initiatives. May kindness, joy, mighty health, success and a lot of smiles settle in your houses. Omen!!!

I love you all. Miss you. Kiss you. Luba.

Tsilya – Ukraine

Hello, my dear friends from faraway America! Sorry for the long silence. There was nobody to help me write the letter. My Sveta was ill, couldn’t come to me, but now everything is okay. She will soon take me back with her to Kiev for winter. I will be together with her. It will be… Continue Reading

Fania B. – Lithuania

Dear Zane and all your company. Thank you for your present and such a substantive letter. I apologize for delaying the reply. Regarding your questions about my leaving the ghetto for partisans. As I told you before, a partisan organization was founded in Vilnius ghetto in January 1942, FPO, which in Yiddish means united partisans… Continue Reading

Giller – Lithuania

Hello dear Zane, Chic, Conan, Sonia, Beatrice, and all of our friends. I want to tell you that I received the money. It helped me a lot. I just got out from the hospital and my daughter was also in the hospital. My wife hired someone to help her. She is very sick, and she… Continue Reading

Sleima & Iosif – Lithuania

My dear American friend! Sleima’s son-in-law Iosif is writing to you on his request. Sleima thanks you very much for you kind wishes and the help you regularly send him. This year’s April and May were, to put it mildly, not very pleasant. His well-being worsened considerably: at once both heart and legs, and water… Continue Reading

Golovzina – Ukraine

Hello our dearest and beloved Zane, Chic, Donna, Sonia, Beatrice, Conan and Debbie! We survived this winter with its frosty weather and snowfalls and now finally the spring is here. The month of May is very hot. We were trying to hurry up and plant the potatoes in our garden before the earth became too… Continue Reading

Fania B. – Lithuania

Dear Zane and the whole company, First, the best wishes on Purim, so the way we got rid of Haman, we will get rid of all the enemies of our people who have suffered so much. With lots of warmth and with pleasant memories I am still under the impression from our meeting in Vilnius.… Continue Reading

Genrichas – Lithuania

Dear Zane Buzby! Thank you, your family, and friends for such a wonderful gift on Rosh-Hashanah. I also congratulate you on all the Jewish holidays coming in autumn, and I wish you all the best of health, joy, and happiness. This year’s Rosh-Hashanah brought me some not so good things too. Several days after the… Continue Reading

Fiodoris A – Lithuania

Hello, Zane, On August 13th this year I received your letter, so long awaited. I am very grateful to you for this. We feel very uneasy and don’t want to burden you, but if it’s not difficult please send us a parcel with food stuff. We will be very grateful to you. I want to… Continue Reading

Giller – Lithuania

Hello, our dear friends! Thank you for your great help. I simply don’t believe still that there are as kind-hearted people as you are, who so gratuitously help us survive in this difficult world. Thanks to you I may live and support my family, my wife has had another stroke this year; she was so… Continue Reading