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VIDEO: Holocaust Survivors 2014 - Faces, Not Numbers

by Jeremy Elster

May 20, 2014 | 5:15 am

On Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014, Israel Social TV reflects on the government’s treatment of the 200,000 living Holocaust survivors in Israel. We attended a new photographic exhibit in Jaffa titled “Holocaust Survivors 2014” and asked the following question. How well is the government providing for these individuals and their children, the vast majority of whom fled to Israel immediately after the Holocaust?

The answer is terribly. One in four Holocaust survivor in Israel lives in poverty. The Jerusalem Post reported that one in five Holocaust survivors had to chose between food and medication in the last year. And the 1 billion shekel plan been touted by Finance Minister Yair Lapid to help the survivors? Money that was allocated to Israel by the German government over a year ago. As second generation Holocaust survivor Dalia Hochberg states, “If you don’t give money now, soon there won’t be anyone to give it to.”

Israel Social TV reporting from Jaffa, below:


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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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