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Thousands of Holocaust Survivors Face Poverty in Israel

Of the thousands in Israel who The Fellowship helps each and every day – men and women, young and old, families and orphans – many of the elderly we provide for survived the Holocaust. Not only were their early years marked by the brutality and horrors of this, the darkest chapter in history, but, as Yediot Achronot’s Omri Efraim reports, thousands of Israeli survivors still face crushing poverty on a daily basis:

Take, for example, Yitzhak Liybeh – a 75 year-old from Romania who lost his two brothers during World War II who lives in Jerusalem. Lonely and disabled, Liybeh has no pension (he worked as an independent plumber) and lives off of NIS 2,800 a month which he receives as part of an old-age pension and income support.

Liybeh is forced to sleep on a fold-out bed in a one-bedroom apartment and collects charity “in order to survive and for food and rent…”

Many survivors still have appalling living conditions, face poverty, and have difficulty receiving government aid and financial help

This was exactly the case for Silvia Simonovich, who will celebrate her 100th birthday in September. During World War II, Simonovich lived in hiding while her husband was sent to forced labor…

Join with The Fellowship as we continue to help Israel’s many impoverished and elderly Holocaust survivors, providing food, medicines, warmth, care, and more.

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