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New report paints grim picture of Israel's Holocaust survivors
New report paints grim picture of Israel's Holocaust survivors

As speeches were being polished in preparation for Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies in Israel this week, figures published Monday about the nation’s survivors spoke volumes. An estimated 189,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today. The average age is 83. Two-thirds are women. Forty die each day, adding up to more than 14,000 a year. And nearly one-third of the survivors are poor. Israel’s national commemoration of the individual and collective hardship endured 70 years and more ago has been extensive; educational programs bring history to virtually every Jewish child from a young age. However, as institutes, scholars and relatives race against time to document...

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