Israeli government to help Holocaust survivors

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9 May 2007, Jerusalem (dpa) - The Israeli government intends setting criteria to ensure Holocaust survivors in Israel are able to live out their remaining days in dignity, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday. "We must admit that there are tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors (in Israel) who live under the poverty line," Olmert told a special Knesset session to mark the 62th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. He said the Ministry of Welfare would shortly complete an investigation into ways

9 May 2007

Jerusalem (dpa) - The Israeli government intends setting criteria to ensure Holocaust survivors in Israel are able to live out their remaining days in dignity, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday.

"We must admit that there are tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors (in Israel) who live under the poverty line," Olmert told a special Knesset session to mark the 62th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

He said the Ministry of Welfare would shortly complete an investigation into ways of dealing with the survivors' situation and that operative measures would then be immediately put into practice.

A television report broadcast in Israel last month found that around 80,000 of the 250,000 Holocaust survivors in the country live in dire poverty, with substantial amounts of restitution funds earmarked for Holocaust survivors withheld for various bureaucratic reasons.

The revelations caused an outrage in Israel, and demonstrations against the survivors' plight were held on Holocaust Victims' Memorial Day last month.

DPA

Subject: German news

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