Holocaust survivor fulfills aliyah dream

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Holocaust survivor from Florida fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Israel.

Oscar Phillips, 87, made aliyah from Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Nov. 12. He arrived in Israel with the assistance of Nefesh B’Nefesh in cooperation with the Jewish Agency and Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

Phillips, who was 14 when the Germans invaded Poland, was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 and later marched to Flossenburg, where he was liberated by the Allied forces. In 1949 he immigrated to the United States, where he met his wife and began a career as a dental technician.

Phillips decided to make aliyah after his wife died last year and was buried in Israel. He has three sons and 10 grandchildren — six in Israel and four in the United States.

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