Fighting Loneliness and Isolation
I-Volunteer: Pairing Holocaust Survivors with Young Volunteers

By Deena Yellin

They managed to survive some of the greatest horrors known to man in the modern age. But now, many aging Holocaust survivors are facing a new affliction: loneliness.

“Many of them live alone and don’t have family to visit them,” said Sheva Tauby of Crown Heights. “For a senior citizen in Manhattan, being stranded on the 25th floor of a high rise apartment building with no friends or family around is very isolating.”

Years after the war, many survivors are experiencing nightmares or post-traumatic stress syndrome and they’re in a very fragile state.

“Some of them are reviewing their lives and wondering who will remember them when they’re gone,” noted Tauby. “Many of them never had children.”