Ahead of the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel’s Holocaust Survivors’ Rights Authority at the Ministry of Finance has released statistics on the current conditions of the survivors who are currently living in the Jewish State and the history of their persecution during World War II.
According to the study, approximately 14,800 of them died this past year, which leaves a total of some 192,000 survivors still living in Israel.
Of the living survivors, 74,000 (39%) of them are over the age of 85 and 839 are over 100.
In addition, 64% were born in Europe, including 36% from the former Soviet Union, 18% from Romania, and 6% from Poland. Among the non-European survivors, 18% are from Morocco and Algeria and suffered under the Nazi-sponsored rule of the Vichy French regime. Another 11% survived the 1941 anti-Semitic pogrom in Iraq called the Farhud.
The State of Israel spends more than 4 billion shekels annually on the country’s Holocaust survivors, who are eligible to receive monthly benefits of up to 6,000 shekels (approximately $1700).