Holocaust Survivors No Longer Deserted

Christian online magazine

by Kathleen Sturgeon

For more than 60 years, horrifying images of their parents, siblings and children being killed have played in their minds, day after day. Some remember being force-marched and losing fingers and toes to frostbite; still others still weep when they remember the orphanages. A spirit of sadness and abandonment surrounds them. They feel like no one remembers them, the survivors of the World War II Holocaust.

Since January 2004, Sue Heagy of Desert Hope International, a San Antonio-based ministry, has reached out to Russian Holocaust survivors in Israel. Through the ministry, individuals, families or groups can “adoptâ€? a Holocaust survivor and show love through prayers, a monthly card or letter, occasional packages, and if desired, donations for food or detergent.

“When I approached the Holocaust Survivor Association of Arad about the adoption program, they were particularly thrilled with the idea of Americans willing to write to their people,â€? said Heagy. “[The director] was more interested in sharing information between families than anything else! He also said to be sure to send them a picture. Pictures are few among many of the Holocaust survivors and mean a lot.â€?