Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty

As Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, hundreds of Holocaust survivors, students, and members of youth movements protested against the state's neglect of Holocaust survivors, many who are living in poverty (from www.haaretz.com - "Hundreds protest at Knesset over state neglect of Holocaust survivors"). According to an article on BBC, "Holocaust survivors 'in poverty'," 40% of survivors in Israel, around 170,000 people, are living below the poverty line. Most of those living in poverty have immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the last ten years. Survivors from Germany, and other western European countries who arrived in Israel after WWII are entitled to receive a pension from their former countries as well support from Jewish organizations. Listen to a story on NPR, "Israel Struggles to Care for Holocaust Survivors." (Audio)