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Leader of Holocaust survivors' rights dies at 86

(Xinhua)

09:37, August 12, 2011

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Noach Flug, who led a decades- long struggle to obtain rights for Israeli Holocaust survivors, passed away on Thursday at the Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was 86.

In 1994, alongside others, Flug established the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims, a non-governmental organization that provides financial assistance to elderly survivors.

He was also active in a host of other organizations that champion benefits for the survivors of Nazi Germany's death camps during World War II, among them the Jewish Claims Conference, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the International Auschwitz Committee and the Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.

Flug is mainly credited with securing reparations from the German government for non-German born survivors of the Third Reich 's death and forced labor camps. In 2007, he led a successful campaign to increase the monthly stipend that Israel pays needy survivors.

Flug himself survived three concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, where most of his family had perished, Gross- Rosen and Mauthausen-Gusen. He emigrated to Israel in 1958, where he launched a career in the civil service.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement expressing his "deep sorrow" over Flug's passing.

"He contributed immensely during his lifetime to Israel's Holocaust survivors, dedicating his life to public service," the statement read.

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