Of the approximately 260,000 elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel today, nearly one-third live in poverty! Thousands of Israeli Holocaust survivors do not take advantage of their rights under the law and existing programs. They are unaware of benefits due them from Israel's Finance Ministry, from Germany, from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, from the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel and other agencies.
Even professionals and volunteers working with Holocaust survivors are unaware of the latter's basic rights and cannot guide these elderly people through the bureaucratic maze.
Those paying out the pensions and grants know only what is being done in their own area of expertise, and cannot provide survivors with a complete picture of their rights.
Thus, elderly Holocaust survivors are left with many questions, few answers and, primarily, without full realization of their rights. Realizing their rights would ensure that they live the rest of their lives with dignity and in comfort. We can help them – and it is our obligation to do so!