The remaining Holocaust survivors grow elderly, and sadly, all too often, lack financial resources to live out their days in dignity and comfort. One grant provides services around the globe for survivors in every area of their lives: housing, medicine, food, homecare assistance and case management for when the survivors lack family or friends to assist them.

 

Recent research regarding Holocaust survivors has shown that while their numbers decrease, their needs increase. In Israel, they report greater difficulties with cardiovascular problems, insomnia, and headaches than their counterparts in the general population. In the US, approximately 25,000 United States survivors are projected to live below the poverty line by 2020, and half of US survivors are currently living with disability connected with their experiences before and during World War II. Many report loneliness, depression, or both.

 

Without outside financial assistance, many survivors are in the shameful position of being forced to choose between medicine, food, and heating their homes. This situation, of course, is inexcusable, and is being partially addressed both by federal governments in their country of residence, and organizations who focus on their well-being. In Israel, 82% of survivors are aware of their rights regarding government assistance in 2015, up from 75% in 2014.

 

Sources:

Holocaust Survivors in Israel

Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust Residing in the United States

Over 45,000 Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty in Israel

Tens of Thousands of Holocaust Survivors Living Here in Poverty

 

 

 (Photo: The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel)