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Monday, April 16, 2007

Surviving the Holocaust

There's a strange theme to this year's Holocaust Memorial Day here in Israel.

The media is harping on the fact that many of the elderly survivors, and even the child survivors are of pension age, live in dire poverty, without money for eye glasses, hearing aids, necessary medication and even food and housing.

The message is that we are "an evil society" to subject those who suffered Nazi atrocities to the atrocity of poverty. If those who hate us are looking for legitimate reasons, rest assured, there are plenty.

Honestly, I'm not an expert in the Holocaust, but I do remember that Germany paid reparations to Israel to compensate the survivors. What happened to the money? Why wasn't a portion saved/invested to be used as pensions? Did some of these poverty-stricken survivors immigrate to Israel after that money was divvied up? Are the survivors worse off financially than other elderly?

There are some elderly people here in Israel who are living very well. They're the Knesset Members who represent the Retirees Party. How are they helping the elderly who need them?


goyisherebbe said...

The oligarchy and its puppet regime are evil, not the people of Israel. These people have enough money to solve all the problems of the have-nots of Israel. They just don't want to. The next disengagement should be in Kfar Shmaryahu and Herzliya Pituach.

Batya said...

Don't forget Ramat Aviv!