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October 10, 2016 6:56 pm

Israeli Teens Mobilize to Help Holocaust Survivor Whose Home Was Ransacked by Burglars

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The ransacked Acre apartment of 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Michael. Photo: Facebook.

The ransacked Acre apartment of 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Michael. Photo: Facebook.

A group of young Israelis in the northern city of Acre rallied to the aid of a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor whose home was recently burgled while he was on vacation, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Monday.

The clean-up in process. Photo: Facebook.

The clean-up in process. Photo: Facebook.

Late last week, Limor Ozen — the head of a community center in Acre — received a phone call from Michael, who had just returned from a Rosh Hashanah trip to France and found his apartment ransacked.

The robbers had removed all the food from Michael’s refrigerator and freezer and the rotting remnants had attracted worms and produced a “terrible odor,” Limor said.

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In a Facebook post, Limor wrote that she and her husband “could never have imagined that scum could carry out such cruel destruction.”

Limor told nrg that the scale of the damage to the apartment prompted her to decide to help out immediately. Via Whatsapp, she was able to get 17 teens from the city to come and assist Michael clean up his home.

“They scrubbed and organized the apartment, while Michael entertained them with history lessons,” Limor wrote on Facebook. “They didn’t want to leave.”

Michael told nrg that the response of the teens to his situation caused him to shed tears of joy. “Our youth are wonderful and terrific,” he said.

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  • Constitutionalist56

    I could hardly imagine finding a group of American teens today that would help a Holocaust survivor. Only ones I can think of would be Christians.

  • cbusa

    What a marvelous group of youths!! A terrible event turned into something quite positive between the generations. Perhaps they will forge a long-lasting relationship.

  • Al Talena

    Hiddur mitzvah bain adam l’chaveiro beats all

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