There are three distinct aspects to being called a survivor. The first one, of course, is remaining alive in life-threatening circumstances. By the Grace of God, Israel's 200 000 Holocaust survivors all meet this criterion.
After the Kotel (the Western Wall), Yad Vashem receives more visitors than any other tourist site in Israel. Established by Israeli law in 1953, Yad Vashem is the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Holocaust Museum. The name is taken from Isaiah 56:5: "Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name ..." (yad vashem) The Hebrew word yad also means 'memorial'.
Last week the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, approved an NIS 50 million increase in annual assistance (US$ 13.7 million) for Holocaust survivors living in Israel.