50,000 Holocaust survivors require aid (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 04.01.12, 20:38)
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Report published by Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims
in Israel indicates 40% of Shoah survivors feel lonely, 12,000 lack
proper heating and 5% suffer from shortage of food
Almost all Holocaust survivors in Israel feel lonely, some 50,000
said they needed assistance on Passover eve and at least 12,000 will
not have heating this holiday, a survey published by the Foundation
for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel revealed on Sunday.
The survey, which was conducted by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute,
indicated that some 200,000 survivors live in Israel in 2012,
compared with over 233,000 survivors in 2009. Some 35 survivors pass
away every day.
According to the survey, a third of Holocaust survivors in the State
of Israel require permanent assistance based on socio-economic
criteria. In 2012, the Foundation reported an increase of 120% in the
financial aid given out to survivors, though it still was unable to
address all of the survivors´ needs.
The research also examined the emotional and social condition of
survivors who are receiving assistance, and found that some 40% of
them feel lonely frequently, and a similar number can´t run errands
and go shopping on their own. Most survivors said they rarely left
home for cultural events or activities.
As for the survivors´ housing and health conditions, the report
showed that some 20% of survivors who receive assistance from the
Foundation lack proper heating equipment and suffer from the cold.
Some 25% said they had enough food, but not of the variety they would
like, while 5% reported suffering from food shortage.
Half of the survivors said they were in need of more financial help,
while 30% said they required a caretaker to help them with daily
tasks such as eating, bathing and getting dressed.
CEO of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel
Ronnie Kalinsky addressed the findings of the report, saying: "One
hungry or lonely Holocaust survivor on Passover eve – is a failure
for the State of Israel.
"Awareness to Holocaust survivors´ needs has grown significantly in
recent years, but we must make sure that this awareness is translated
into measures that can help us give assistance to survivors," he
"The younger generation will never forgive us if we fail to care for
the older generation with the respect it deserves. I call on all
relevant parties, headed by the finance minister and his office to
provide all the necessary means immediately," Kalinsky added.
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