ISRAEL - 245,000 Holocaust Survivors Still Alive

Arno Froese

The survivors were identified through outreach efforts made by the Hardship Fund Supplemental Payments, which are made available to those recognized as survivors of the Holocaust by the Claims Conference’s and Germany’s criteria.

The issue of who is a survivor remains contentious, as Israel recognizes Jews who lived in Iraq as eligible for certain benefits while the German government and Claims Conference do not. Therefore, the number of survivors is only reflective of the Claims Conference’s definition and may vary somewhat depending on criteria changes.

The survivors are in the age range of 77-100 years old, with the report including individuals who were in utero and born in 1946 within the statistics. The median age of survivors is 86.

While Holocaust survivors are now spread across 90 different countries, 49% reside within Israel. The number in this report is less than the 147,199 survivors reported living in Israel by the Holocaust Survivors’ Rights Authority on Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2023, which could be due to Israel’s differing defining criteria.

The report states, “No amount of compensation could ever make good the destruction of human life, communities, and culture,” although it does describe the funds as “a measure of justice.”

Germany has paid over $90 billion in compensatory funds. Other countries, such as Austria, have also provided compensation to survivors.

Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan stated, “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Claims Conference for compiling this crucial report about Holocaust survivors today. This demographic study is a warning to me, highlighting the current demographic state of Holocaust survivors globally. It underlines the urgency of our work to continue gathering and researching the testimonies and names of these remarkable individuals before the survivor generation disappears. May their presence continue to strengthen our resolve to shape a better future.”, 23 January 2024

Arno's Commentary

Only a few years are left until there will be no more living survivors of the horrible Holocaust, perpetrated by Germany’s National Socialist Workers Party, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.

Today, several other “H’s” stand out relating to Israel: Hezbollah in the north, Hamas in the south, and Houthis in the east. It seems that at this point in time, no one has seriously considered the claims against Hamas and their supporters such as Qatar. Such developments raise alarms in the mind of those who occupy themselves with the Holocaust.

Prophetically speaking, global events relating to Jews are part of the larger, comprehensive picture; namely, Jews returning to the land of Israel, toward the ultimate fulfillment: “Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 36:36-38).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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