Yesterday, we highlighted the fact that many Holocaust survivors in Israel are spending their last years in abject poverty. Today, The Jerusalem Post’s Sam Sokol takes a look at just how widespread – and heartbreaking – the difficulties faced by Israel’s survivors can be:
Forty-five thousand Holocaust survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line…
The financial situation of many of Israel’s approximately 189,000 survivors is untenable, the report concluded, asserting that an increasing number of these elderly citizens are forced to choose between food or medicine – with 1 in 5 having to make that choice last year.
Four out of 10 survivors have found that their finances do “not allow them to live in dignity,” while two-thirds indicated that they are “very or fairly troubled” over their financial future, an increase of 7 percent over 2014.
Twenty-seven percent of survivors indicated that they were unable to afford to heat their homes over the winter and nearly three-quarters said they suffer from various health problems.
One fifth of survivors stated that they feel unsafe in their homes, while 45% indicated they that experience frequent loneliness despite six-out-of-10 meeting with family members weekly.
Around two-thirds of Israel’s survivors, the average age of whom is 83, are women, more than a third of who “live alone and have to get by on their own.”