By Orly Vilnai

Holocaust survivor Ivgeny Bistritzky no longer has to sleep in the park as he had done for the past eight months. When he received the key yesterday to his new apartment, his hand was shaking.

“I’m afraid that it will be over in a minute, and I’ll wake up on the park bench,” he said.

Following Thursday’s report of his plight in Haaretz, public housing officials found a one-room apartment for Bistritzky, 71, in an assisted living facility in Tel Aviv.

In obtaining housing for Bistritzky, the director of Amigur, the public housing authority, Yuval Frankel, succeeded where others had failed: Bistritzky had been turned down repeatedly in the past as a tenant because he was unable to provide guarantors, although he had a job as a cleaner and receives a small stipend from Germany.