Many Holocaust survivors living in poverty, report says
By Jennifer Medina Published: April 16, 2007

JERUSALEM: Every year here, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked with a solemn focus. The cafés close early. Air raid sirens are blasted throughout the country for two full minutes.

Television stations devote hours of programs to commemorate the killing of six million Jews.

But another number received a laser-sharp focus Monday: Nearly one-third of the estimated 260,000 Holocaust survivors here are now living in poverty. According to a report by the Holocaust Survivors’ Welfare Fund timed to be released around the official day of remembrance, thousands of people who escaped death camps are struggling to get services like medical care or sufficient pensions.