Holocaust Survivors 311.
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The state must ensure Holocaust survivors live in dignity, Knesset Caucus for
Holocaust Survivors chairwoman Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) said on Thursday. On
Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on April 8, she is to attend a conference
with Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) and survivors.
As it does
every year since 1989, the Knesset will host a ceremony titled “Every Person Has
a Name,” after the poem by famed Israeli writer Zelda, in which names of those
who perished in the Holocaust are listed.
During the ceremony, ministers
and MKs tell stories of their relatives who were killed in the
The caucus plans to hold a conference immediately after the
ceremony to call for the government to take better care of those who went
through the Holocaust. There are no current MKs who are Holocaust
“The State of Israel, which was founded on the moral rights of
the Jewish people after the horrors of the Holocaust, is responsible for taking
care of the few Holocaust survivors that are still alive, and allow them to live
in dignity,” Kariv stated on Thursday.
The MK said the government must
hasten the process of aiding survivors and helping them take advantage of all
their rights and benefits.
“It’s scandalous that the State of Israel does
not have one clear definition of who is a Holocaust survivor,” she added. “This
is one of the central problems we plan to solve.”
Kariv said that she
hopes to compile a comprehensive list of Holocaust survivors for the government
in order to make sure that those who deserve benefits receive them. She also
hopes to reduce the bureaucracy that survivors face in trying to take advantage
of their rights.