Marilyn Henry z”l was a passionate champion of the rights of Holocaust survivors and victims’ heirs. Her book “Confronting the Perpetrators: A History of the Claims Conference” documented the importance of ongoing negotiations with the German government, bringing that message to the forefront of the Jewish community.
Marilyn repeatedly called for the restitution of artwork looted by the Nazis and advocated for maximum efforts to help survivors live out their days in dignity. Marilyn was not afraid to question the priorities of the Jewish community while seeking better care for Nazi victims. Words cannot appropriately describe her devotion to justice for Holocaust survivors and to the truth. Marilyn’s integrity and sense of justice were matched only by her kindness and compassion for others.
We send our deepest condolences to Marilyn’s family and friends; she will be sorely missed by those whose lives she touched. The Claims Conference has lost a great friend and survivors have lost a great advocate. May her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.