12,000 Holocaust survivors died over the past year

April 16, 2012 16:39

Some 12,000 victims of Nazi atrocities died over the past year and, according to data published Monday by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, at least one survivor in Israel dies every hour.

Released to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will be marked countrywide starting Wednesday night, the Foundation highlighted the findings of a special report showing that even as the number of remaining survivors falls rapidly each year, the needs of the aging population have increased more than ever. The foundation also pointed out Monday that despite vast governmental resources for helping the survivors, many of their needs are still not being met.

The foundation’s report, which is based on the findings of a survey carried out last year by the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Meyers Brookdale Institute, noted that even though the number of survivors will have dropped by more than 30 percent to 145,000 in 2015, the number of those in need of financial assistance and medical aid will have risen sharply.

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