Holocaust survivors forced to give up on items of necessity to be able to buy food

Holocaust survivors living in Israel are struggling to get by, a poll released on Wednesday by the Holocaust Survivors’ Welfare Fund reveals.

According to the fund, 51 percent of respondents said they had to rely on food handouts from various non-profits.

Over 30 percent described their need for such supplies as "dire."

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Many of the respondents revealed that they were forced to give up on items of high necessity in order to be able to buy food and sustain themselves.

For 43 percent of the respondents, a pair of new glasses was something they had to avoid spending money on. About one-third said they were unable to pay for dental services, while about one in four could not afford hearing aids. Read more at i24