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Oscar Phillips arriving in Israel Photo courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh
Oscar Phillips arriving in Israel Photo courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh

Holocaust survivor starts fresh at 87

Oscar Phillips from Florida makes his lifelong dream come true when he finally makes aliyah to Israel

Published: 11.30.12, 14:28 / Israel Jewish Scene

Oscar Phillips, an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor from Deerfield Beach, Florida, made his lifelong dream come true on November 12, when he finally made aliyah to Israel through Nefesh B'Nefesh, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.


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Phillips, who was 14-years-old when the Germans invaded Poland, was sent to Auschwitz in 1944, where he then worked in sub-camps (Buna, Gleiwitz and Oranienburg) until being marched in retreat to Flossenburg, where he was liberated by the allied forces.


He immigrated to the United States in 1949, where he met his late wife and began a career as a dental technician. After his wife passed away a year ago, Phillips decided he would make aliyah to Israel, where she is buried. Phillips has three sons and 10 grandchildren, six in Israel and four in the US.


“Nefesh B’Nefesh is thrilled to be able to assist Oscar in making a full-circle journey back to Israel”, said Yael Katsman, director of communications at Nefesh B’Nefesh.


“We will help him do everything that it takes to make his absorption process successful and help him live many more years of happiness in Israel reunited with his children and family.”



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