Let’s honor the dead by caring for the living
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual opportunity for people everywhere to come together and remember and honor those who died in the Holocaust. This year, the occasion coincides with the 70th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, when residents of the Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Poland, staged an armed revolt that ultimately failed, but lives on as a singular moment of courage in the face of impossible odds.
I can think of no better way to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day than to recommit to doing everything in our power to care for the Holocaust survivors still living in our midst. New York City has the largest population of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel, a population that is now elderly and increasingly vulnerable. Most are now in their eighties, often living alone, isolated by language and poverty, their health diminished due to age and to the deprivation and trauma they experienced during the war.
Our attorneys work across practice areas to maintain the dignity and well-being of survivors. NYLAG’s Holocaust Compensation Assistance Project has assisted over 60,000 Holocaust survivors or the heirs of survivors with accurate information and legal assistance regarding compensation and restitution programs. We improve the quality of life for elderly survivors by reducing both the extent and depth of poverty by helping to secure public benefits including Medicare, Medicare, Medicaid home care, and food stamps. We provide representation in housing disputes, secure monthly pensions, arrange for powers of attorney and health care proxies, and address issues of physical abuse, financial exploitation and neglect.
There is no better way to remember those who died in the Holocaust than to alleviate the suffering of those who survived.
Blog Post by Yisroel Schulman
President & Attorney-in-Charge