Holocaust victims living in poverty
By Jacky Rowland

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Holocaust survivors’ call for more support

The Israeli government has been criticised for “severe shortcomings” in its treatment of elderly holocaust survivors.

A report from the state comptroller’s office blamed red tape for preventing effective assistance being provided and urged action to help the ageing victims.

Leopold Rosen measures the world by the pipe that connects him to his oxygen machine. He suffers from several chest complaints dating back to when he hid from the Nazis in a forest in Poland.

The German government pays him compensation every month and he gets a small pension from Israel, but he can barely pay for both his drugs and his food.

“I was born of the 5th of June, 1922. Do I have time to wait for help from the government? There are a lot of people in the same position. They don’t have time to wait,” he told Al Jazeera.


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