Israel’s Holocaust Survivors Struggle With Gaza War as Trauma Deepens
Stand for Israel | October 25, 2023
For those who stand for Israel, we especially pray for all the Holocaust survivors affected by this time of terror and war in Israel—especially because now we are learning that for some survivors, it is reminding them of the horrors of the Holocaust. The Jerusalem Post reports on how past traumas are resurfacing for these precious people:
When night falls, Sarina Blumenfeld gets flashbacks from what she endured during the Holocaust and struggles to process the carnage that took place when Hamas Islamists entered Israel from Gaza and killed 1,400 people.
Blumenfeld, 89, is one of tens of thousands of elderly survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who live in Israel and are once again facing up to the reality of war, with more than 220 Israelis taken hostage in Gaza.
“This all reminds me of what we went through during the Holocaust and how much we suffered,” Blumenfeld told Reuters from her home in the coastal city of Ashdod, which is 40 km (25 miles) from Gaza and frequently a target of Hamas rocket fire.