Holocaust Survivors Touch Down in Israel

Stand for Israel  |  April 28, 2022

Elderly Holocaust survivor from Ukraine making aliyah to Israel with The Fellowship
(Photo: IFCJ)

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, hundreds of Holocaust survivors have fled fighting once again, leaving Ukraine for safety in Israel. Now, The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports on rescue flights by The Fellowship that brought 21 elderly Holocaust survivors to the Holy Land:

A specially outfitted plane carrying nine Holocaust survivor Ukrainian refugees landed in Israel Wednesday night just as the country was entering its Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“I never thought that this is what would happen again — that at my age I would have to again flee a war and again hear the sounds of bombs going off around me. I already beat Hitler once, I survived the Holocaust. I have a daughter, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. And now again I’m a refugee trying to save her life,” said Ninel Zhilinska, 88, one of the survivors on the plane, shortly before leaving for Israel.

“I was a refugee in 1941 and now I’ve become a refugee again,” she said.

Twelve other Holocaust survivors arrived earlier in the day on regular flights, according to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which arranged those flights and many of the others transporting refugees to Israel from Ukraine.

“These elderly people generally did not plan on leaving Ukraine, but their homes are in flames and the next place that will be their home is the State of Israel,” said Benny Haddad, the head of IFCJ’s immigration department…