Someone to Protect Her
The Fellowship | April 25, 2023
Having survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Fredirika made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) many decades ago. Now suffering from dementia and many other health issues, this 97-year-old Holocaust survivor is finding peace and care in her final years in Israel thanks to Fellowship friends like you.
“For her, aliyah to Israel was part of her private victory over the Nazis,” says Fredirika’s son, Yosef. “Her parents and siblings were murdered in Auschwitz, and it was a miracle that she was able to survive.”
And survive, Fredirika has, all of these years in her biblical homeland. “The fact that the State of Israel is almost 75 years-old is very emotional for my mother,” says Yosef. “Every year we watch the Israel Independence Day ceremony on television, and I see tears of emotion in her eyes. When my mother was a young girl, there was no one to protect her.”
Fredirika, like so many elderly across Israel—many of them elderly Holocaust survivors—receives regular aid from The Fellowship. A homecare volunteer visits to help with daily tasks and to keep her company. Regular food deliveries keep her nourished. Special food boxes on Jewish holidays allow Fredirika to celebrate—something she was unable to do as a girl.
And most of all, help from The Fellowship lets Fredirika know that she is not forgotten—that, at last, she has friends who are there to protect her, to care for her, and to show her God’s love.