Holocaust can happen again, say 40 percent of survivors in Israel

The entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the deadliest of the Holocaust concentration camps. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Some 40 percent of Holocaust survivors in Israel are concerned that a second Holocaust could occur, according to the annual report of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, released on Wednesday, ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day next week.

The report found that 92 percent of Holocaust survivors feel the Israeli government does not budget enough money to help them, and 60 percent believe Israel should give them assistance on top of the assistance given to all elderly people in the country, according to Israel Hayom. Holocaust survivors often have special difficulties that stem from their traumatic experiences.

The foundation, which provides financial aid to needy survivors and raises awareness of their plight, obtains its funds from the Claims Conference, the Israeli government and private donations. The report released Wednesday was based on a survey conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute of 500 participants, and reviewed the financial and social circumstances of the 192,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

By 2017, the number of Holocaust survivors living is Israel will decrease to 152,000, the foundation projects. With the average Holocaust survivor in Israel now aged 84, the report found that about 37 Israeli Holocaust survivors die every day and more than 1,000 die every month. The report also found that 36 percent of Israeli Holocaust survivors live alone, and 40 percent say they feel lonely. Some 10,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel have no family at all.

Posted on April 3, 2013 .