by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( On Tuesday, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services announced that over 8,500 Holocaust survivors have contacted their offices in recent weeks as a result of a public service campaign regarding survivors’ rights and benefits. The governmental Hotline for Holocaust Survivors’ Rights has handled over 50,000 cases in just over six months.

The hotline, operated by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services and the Pensioners Affairs Ministry, was established in February of this year to assist Israeli Holocaust survivors in taking advantage of the social welfare benefits the state offers them. The objective of the hotline, as stated by the ministries involved, is to facilitate “historical and social justice” for the 250,000 Holocaust survivors currently living in Israel.