Making aliyah at 87
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-11-15
An 87-year-old Holocaust survivor from America has finally achieved his lifelong ambition to make aliyah to Israel.
Oscar Phillips, who lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida made the trip through Nefesh B'Nefesh, an organisation which aims to revitalise aliyah from the US and UK and assist those who want to make the move.
The retired dental technician, who emigrated to the US in 1949, was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 when he was 14 and subsequently was in Buna, Gleiwitz and Oranienberg, before being marched to Flossenburg where he was liberated.
After his wife died last year, Mr Phillips made the decision to make Aliyah to Israel, where he is buried and where six of his 10 grandchildren live with their families.
"Nefesh B’Nefesh is thrilled to be able to assist Oscar in making a full-circle journey back to Israel”, said Yael Katsman, director of communications at Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We will help him do everything that it takes to make his absorption process successful and help him live many more years of happiness in Israel reunited with his children and family."