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Impoverished Holocaust Survivor Receives Crucial Assistance

Efrim was only a baby when the Holocaust began, making his survival that much more of a miracle. Today he lives in Israel, but struggles from illness and lack of basic necessities to survive. Read Transcript


Reporter: EPHRAIM

BRONSTEIN WAS ONLY ONE YEAR

OLD WHEN THE HOLOCAUST

BEGAN.

HE DOESN'T REMEMBER MUCH

ABOUT IT, BUT HIS RELATIVES

TELL HIM HE IS LUCKY TO BE

ALIVE.

IN 1941, HIS FAMILY WAS

FORCED TO LIVE IN A GHETTO

IN THEIR NATIVE UKRAINE.

THEN HIS FATHER WAS SENT TO

WAR TO FIGHT FOR GERMANY,

WHILE HIS MOTHER WAS FORCED

TO DO HARD LABOR.

WHILE HIS MOM WORKED, HE WAS

KEPT SAFE BY AN 11-YEAR-OLD

GIRL.

SHE HID ME INSIDE A BAG

SO THAT THE GERMANS WOULDN'T

TAKE US WHILE OUR PARENTS

WERE AWAY.

Reporter: LIFE IN THE

GHETTO WAS HARSH.

ALL WE HAD TO EAT WAS

ROTTEN MEAT.

SOMETIMES THE GERMANS FORCED

ME TO CLEAN THE STREETS.

EVERY DAY THEY SHOT PEOPLE

WHO LIVED IN THE GHETTO.

THEY TOOK SOME AWAY TO THE

GAS CHAMBERS.

Reporter: THERE WAS

LITTLE PROTECTION FROM THE

BIDDER COLD.

LACK OF FOOD AND WARMTH MADE

EPHRAIM SICK AND HE NEVER

RECOVERED.

I HAVE HYPERTENSION AND

DIABETES AND I HAVE HEART

PROBLEMS.

Reporter: TODAY LIVING

IN ISRAEL, HIS LIFE IS STILL

DIFFICULT.

EPHRAIM LIVES IN POVERTY,

LIKE MANY HOLOCAUST

SURVIVORS.

SO CBN ISRAEL GIVES EPHRAIM

FOOD BASKETS EACH MONTH.

HE LOOKS FORWARD TO EVERY

DELIVERY BECAUSE HE NEEDS

THE FOOD AND ENJOYS THE TIME

SPENT WITH VOLUNTEERS.

I LIKE WHEN PEOPLE VISIT

FORMER GHETTO PRISONERS LIKE

ME.

WE ARE LONELY AND DON'T GET

MUCH ATTENTION.

Reporter: EPHRAIM'S

STOVE WAS BROKEN AND HE

COULDN'T A AFFORD TO FIX

IT.

SO WE TOOK HIM SHOPPING,

BOUGHT HIM A NEW STOVE, AND

DELIVERED IT TO HIS HOME.

AND WE GOT HIM A MICROWAVE,

TOO.

I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU

FOR COMING AND BRINGING ME

SUCH A WONDERFUL GIFT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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