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"The government does not seem to understand that these people lost everything. The survivors mustn't fight amongst themselves, but the government's actions cause exactly that," Gregory Pagis, head of the organizations representing Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union, which represents about 85,000 survivors, told Ynet on Sunday night.
Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with representatives of the Holocaust survivors' organizations, as both side were able to reach a compromise regarding the social security benefits paid to the survivors.
Pagis told Ynet he has received thousands of letters from Holocaust survivors asking for his help and that he intended on presenting them to the prime minister.
"The government's agreement spans those who came to Israel in the 1950s, but for some reason the hardships of those who came to Israel in the 1970s have been overlooked...
"We're talking about ten of thousands of people who've lost their family, all their worldly passions and now they can't even afford medications," said Pagis.
Nahum Karpilevitz, who was eight when World War II broke out, survived the ghetto and was made eligible for the increased benefits.
"After our long fight we finally accomplished something that might help us," he said. "The government finally understood who we are."