Holocaust Survivor Is Israel’s First Coronavirus Death

The Fellowship  |  March 23, 2020

Aryeh Even
Aryeh Even

As The Fellowship is on the ground providing for Israel’s elderly and most vulnerable, many of them Holocaust survivors, our hearts break for the first Israeli COVID-19 fatality. Our friends at The Times of Israel tell us about 88-year-old Aryeh Even, who survived the Holocaust, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel), and passed away this weekend:

Israel’s first fatality in the coronavirus pandemic was on Saturday named as 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even.

In a statement, Even’s family said they regretted that they were unable to be by his side for his final moments.

“He was a dear and beloved man, living a full life, devoted to his family, a strong man until the end. We are sorry to have passed his last days and moments at a time when his family members were prevented from being by his side.”

Even immigrated to Israel alone from Hungary in 1949. He is survived by four children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild…