Published on December 27th in The Jerusalem Post
I am afraid to wake up from this dream, Sarah, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, told The Jerusalem Post at a supermarket in Ramat Gan.
Sarah was one of dozens of needy or lonely survivors who took part in a “Make a Wish” initiative this week organized by the Association for Immediate Help for Holocaust Survivors.
The initiative aims to fulfill the simple wish and grants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for countless survivors to go to the grocery store and fill up an entire shopping cart without having to worry about the cost.
“God gives but does not ask in return. He gives with a generous hand. This is a dream and I am afraid to wake up,” Sarah repeatedly said. Sitting in the middle of the supermarket, taking a break from filling her cart, Sarah was overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude. “I am tired but I am continuing to enjoy and am receiving so much,” she said.
Continually putting her hand to her heart she thanked the organization’s volunteers for the opportunity and for their “listening ears.”
“I was born in Poland and the Germans came into Poland and killed so many...” she said, unable to finish the sentence. “They killed my parents and I suffered. I was raped by the Germans and I gave birth to a boy. “But I brought him to Israel and now my son is an engineer,” she proudly said. “The end is that I am in Israel and I am enjoying my life and I am so fortunate. What a day!”
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