Our Focus & Funding

We foster peace through education and promote global public health. Each year, the BSOF makes contributions to preselected charitable organizations and NGOs towards these aims. We are open to a select number of unsolicited proposals each year. We request that you send only a brief letter of inquiry (1-2 pages) when approaching BSOF. Please direct all letters of inquiry to mike@otterman.org.

Bernard Otterman - Co-Founder & President

Bernard Otterman, PhD, was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1937. At the age of three, he and his parents escaped Lodz and fled to Warsaw by moving from ghetto to ghetto, only to be interned in several labor camps. Separated from his father, Otterman and his mother escaped the train line headed for Auschwitz, fled and hid for six months as fugitives in the Polish countryside until Russian troops liberated Poland. His father was first sent by train to Auschwitz, then immediately moved to a work camp in Germany. He also survived, and the family was reunited in Lodz in September 1945 through displaced persons listings posted by the Red Cross. They lived in Germany until coming to the United States in 1951. Bernard earned a PhD in natural sciences and served on the engineering faculties at Northeastern and Hofstra Universities. He currently is the President of Norcor Management, a real estate firm specializing in Condominium and Cooperative housing in New York. He is also an award-winning author and poet. His collection of Holocaust-inspired short fiction, Inmate 1818 and Other Stories, and the novel, Self-Deliverance: The Death and Life of Arthur Koestler, were published in 2015. For more information, visit www.bernardotterman.com.

Sandra Otterman - Co-Founder

Sandra Otterman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has taught primary education in public schools in Massachusetts and Long Island. A lifelong educator, and mother of three, Sandra also has volunteered for a number of nonprofit and parent-teacher organizations, including New York's Head Start Program

Michael Otterman - Executive Director

Michael Otterman is an author and communications specialist based in New York City. He has worked for an array of nonprofit organizations, including the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and Catalyst, and is the author of two books — American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (2007) and Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage (2010). For more information, visit www.michaelotterman.com.