We attended a Holocaust survivors' meet up in Tel Aviv and listened to stories that some of the survivors here shared with us last week in the spirit of Yom Hashoa, the Jewish calendar day commemorating the Holocaust.
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These victims, who ultimately survived the Holocaust against all odds, made their way to the then newly-founded Israel. Many of the survivors joined kibbutzim and youth movements in Israel, as well as enlisted in the Israeli military.
These days, there are reported unfortunate conditions for some Holocaust survivors, some of whom suffer from loneliness and others from lack of funds and recognition. Even so, these survivors seem to feel grateful to be living in Israel.
These people, who went through the horrors of the Holocaust, managed to survive, immigrate here and ultimately helped in the building of the State. They are an integral part of Israeli society and represent a Jewish and Israeli collective memory.