About FHV

Our mission

  • We care. We help the elderly Holocaust survivors in their old age.
  • We remember. We support educational and pious commemorative events remembering the Holocaust victims.
  • We think ahead. We are helping to preserve the traditions – we support the education on Judaism and development of Jewish communities.
  • We restore. We participate in restoration of Jewish monuments destroyed by Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes.
  • We compensated. We helped to rectify and mitigate the property injustices caused during the WWII.

We know who and how

We carefully and effectively control our financial funds, and we selectively distribute them among the applicants for financial support. In the long term, we map the situation in the Czech Republic, follow up on organizations working in the same area or similar. This is how we know where to focus our support.

We are professionals

The Foundation for Holocaust Victims is a non-governmental organization, established in 2000 by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic. It is managed by the Board of Directors. Five members of the Board of Directors are nominated by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, one is nominated by the Vice-Chairman of the Czech Government, another by the Minister of the Foreign Affairs, one is nominated by the Minister of Culture, and the final member by the Minister of Finance.

We are a member

of the Association of Foundations of Donors Forum. Membership of this professional association binds us to keep to the Principles of Ethical Behaviour of Foundations. In April 2007, we became members of the International Auschwitz Committee. This committee was founded with the following aims: to let the world know what happened in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camps, to look after the interests of the survivors, to encourage and support the contacts between the national Auschwitz committees.

FHV’s history

The Foundation for Holocaust Victims mirrors in many ways the long-term effort of the Joint Work Committee on Property Injustices to Holocaust Victims, which worked from 1998 to 2002. Under the leadership of former Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Pavel Rychetský, the Committee focused on studying the history of the Nazi persecution of Jewish citizens and, in particular, on the aryanization of property in the territory of today’s Czech Republic. At the instigation of the Joint Work Committee, Act No. 212/2000 Coll., Act on the mitigation of certain property injustices caused by the Holocaust, was adopted by the Parliament of the Czech Republic on 20 June 2000. One of the key proposals of the Joint Work Committee included the establishment of a foundation that would perform long-term work on mitigating injustices caused by the Holocaust. The foundation would receive funds from the so-called Foundation Investment Fund, which originated during the privatization of state property. As the Joint Work Committee claimed, a part of this property had been owned by Jewish individuals and legal entities and, as such, had been confiscated during Nazi occupation. The original owners – had they survived the Holocaust – had not their property returned to them, due mostly to formal reasons. The property thus remained in the hands of the state. On the basis of conclusions and recommendations of the Joint Work Committee, the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic established the Foundation for Holocaust Victims on 31 July 2000.