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May 4, 2016 3:41 pm

On Yom HaShoah Many Israeli Holocaust Survivors Still Living in Poverty

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Survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp arrive in Israel in 1945. New data shows that almost a third of the Holocaust survivors living in Israel are living in poverty. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp arrive in Israel in 1945. New data shows that almost a third of the Holocaust survivors living in Israel are living in poverty. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – As Israel’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust, Yom HaShoah, begins on Wednesday night, data by the the Welfare Ministry and the Finance Ministry’s Authority for Holocaust Survivors’ Rights indicates that almost a third of the 200,901 Holocaust survivors living in Israel are still living under the poverty line. This figure backs up the general trend of rising poverty among the elderly in the Jewish state.

“The government needs to look Holocaust survivors in the eye. What they’re giving us is not enough. We need more help,” Holocaust survivor Lea Karsik, 83, told Yedioth Ahronoth. Karsik lives along in a small apartment. While she has food, her monthly salary of NIS 3,000 (~$792) is not always sufficient for all basic supplies.

While the Israeli government has been introducing a number of economic measures to help Holocaust survivors in Israel, data also shows that at least 90,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel still don’t receive monthly stipends or pensions.

“The ministry allocates vast resources in order to assist Holocaust survivors and to expand their rights. The allocated budget for 200,000 survivors stands at NIS 4.2 billion (~$1.10 billion). We are continuing to initiate and to advance additional programs,” said Deputy Finance Minister Itzik Cohen.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Perhaps a special agency whereby representative would visit each and every Holocaust survivor at their place of residence to assess his or her personal needs is what is required at this point. Many of the survivors, especially those living alone, are probably not able to assess their own needs accurately and would greatly benefit from special personal attention.

  • Eddie from Forest Hills

    PLEASE tell us who in Israel is ready to abandon our brothers and sisters who experienced horrendous evil in their youth, now that they’re old and resourceless…
    The opponents cannot apparently imagine that one of them could be their own father or mother… Have have come to the times when Jews can forget the fifth commandment?? what could possiby shame them??

  • Eddie from Forest Hills

    PLEASE tell us who in Israel is ready to abandon our brothers and sisters who experienced horrendous evil in their youth, now that they’re old and resourceless…
    The opponents cannot apparently imagine that one of them could be their own father or mother… Have have come to the times when Jews can forget the fifth commandment?? what could possibly shame them??

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