Survivors’ Suffering Finally Compensated
September 13, 2007

Toby Axelrod
Jewish Telegraphic Agency


For Aviva G., the significance of last month’s announcement that more Holocaust survivors like her will be eligible for pension payments from the German government was not about the money. It was about principle and the notion that a certain degree of justice may now be done.

Aviva, 71, says that there is no true compensation for years in ghettos, but she sees the new deal as a “recognition of suffering.” Aviva asked that her family name be withheld.

After extensive negotiations with the Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Germany eased some eligibility requirements so that more low-income survivors like Aviva can receive so-called Article 2 pension payments.



The truly needy

Following the Holocaust survivors’ recent protest, their abject poverty finally entered Israel’s hall of shame. Those who live under Kassams in Sderot reside in old apartments that do not have reinforced security rooms in which to take cover. Neither do they have the physical capability to run to a neighborhood shelter. For courage under relentless fire, The Jerusalem Post chooses the Holocaust survivors in Sderot as our People of the Year

As a girl, Tzila Greenberg survived the Nazi occupation of her Romanian hometown. As a young woman she immigrated to Israel, settling in Kiryat Shmona. After rockets rained down on the northern border city during the Yom Kippur War, she moved with her family to Sderot. At 78, she lives there today, a widow and an invalid.

“We moved here,” she said, “because we wanted to give our children a better life.”