Survivors after The Liberation of Auschwitz, January 1945 (Photo: AP)
(ESFI Editorial Staff) Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics just before International Holocaust Remembrance Day states that there are 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. The definition of Holocaust survivors changes between organizations, but the Bureau defines a Holocaust survivor as one who was exposed to the Nazi regime. There are three groups within the number. The first are the 63,000 Israelis who lived in a ghetto, in hiding, or in a concentration or extermination camp from the years 1933-1945. The second were 30,000 who were forced to leave their places of residence, and the third are the 109,000 who lived in countries under Nazi control. All of these Holocaust survivors are entitled to government help and stipends. By 2020, their numbers will decrease by 23%.