When our VP Ksenija Olmer was stuck during the early Covid days of 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic, she came across a plea for help with translating old WWII family letters from Czech to English. She volunteered her help, but the keeper of the letters, Eva Brandt wasn't comfortable with the arrangement. So they agreed a donation will be made to CCDO in lieu of the translation fee.
Not only were the many poignant letters translated, Ksenija and her husband visited many places in Czech Republic associated with the Jewish family, whose many members sadly perished in the Holocaust.
They sent photos of villages, cemeteries, synagogues, and new documents back to the United States. Through this exchange a new friendship was formed and many months later upon their return to their home in California the two women finally met in person, social distancing and all.
Nine water wells were built with the donation, in honor of the family members.