People seeking compensation must locate forms more than 40 years old, a nearly impossible task. The Finance Ministry’s bureau on Holocaust survivors’ rights recently announced it would expand the list of medical conditions it recognizes as having been caused by Nazi persecution, but this step might not provide much comfort.For a condition to be recognized, and disability assistance paid, a survivor must file a request along with medical forms to the committee examining queries. In effect, people seeking compensation must locate forms more than 40 years old, a nearly impossible task.Among the conditions to be included are heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and osteoporosis.The new criteria will consider a survivor who began experiencing an illness within the first 10 years after World War II as fully eligible for compensation, while one whose symptoms began 20 years after will receive partial recognition. Someone who began suffering from an illness 30 years after the war will receive no recognition at all.Yitzhak Walster, 79, is one of the founders of Dishon, a moshav in the Upper Galilee. Today he suffers from high blood pressure and a heart condition, and has undergone several extensive procedures to treat both.Walster, classified as a disabled Holocaust survivor, completed the necessary document and attached medical forms. He hoped the conditions he described would raise his disability level from 37 percent, allowing him greater government assistance and the ability to buy the medications he needs.”I contacted the authority, but my request was rejected on the pretext that ‘the stated diseases began more than 40 years after the end of the war, and therefore no causal link was proved between them and your persecution,'” Walster recounted.