Dina Kraft
Holocaust survivor Avri Michal.

Holocaust survivors in Israel
need more as they age, but get less
By Dina Kraft
January 8, 2006

TEL AVIV, Jan. 8 (JTA) — Holocaust survivor Avri Michal sits in a wheelchair with one arm paralyzed and one leg amputated. He does not know how he will get by if his live-in health assistant is taken away from him.

“Without him, I cannot exist. He does everything for me,â€? said Michal. His eyes cloud over and he looks down at the cold tiled floor of his living room.

Michal, 73, survived the Holocaust as a boy by hiding in a mechanics garage in Czechoslovakia. He is now among the thousands of elderly and needy survivors in Israel who face an uncertain future because the welfare group that helps JTA NEWS“>MORE.