Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia took their first dose of the China virus jab on this special day, claiming that doing so is a way of paying tribute to the liberation of Auschwitz, where more than one million Jews and other political prisoners were injured or killed by Nazi medical experimentation.
"We owe this to them," said Erika Jakubovits, the Jewish Community of Vienna organizer who led the vaccination drive. "They have suffered so much trauma and have felt even more insecure during this pandemic."
More than 400 Austrian survivors, most of them in their 80s or 90s, took the shot at Vienna's convention center. Some were brought in by ambulance or shuttle, while others were brought in by their children. Those who were able took mass transit.
With the support of the Austrian Health Ministry and Vienna city officials, Jakubovits was able to bring in 12 doctors, all of them members of the Viennese Jewish community, to plunge China flu needles into the arms of the Holocaust survivors.
Though the event was planned specifically for Holocaust survivors, the vaccinations available were not exclusively reserved for just them. Other Jews living in the area were also eligible, just so long as they were over the age of 85 at the time of its commencement.
Some survivors living in Austria's 8,000-person Jewish community were able to get their WuFlu vaccines even earlier, as the jabs were brought in to a community nursing home for Jews back in December, Jakubovits revealed.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is now pushing all other countries in the European Union to follow suit, ensuring that all Holocaust survivors everywhere are placed at the front of the line for coronavirus injection.
There are said to be about 240,000 remaining Holocaust survivors in the world, many of them suffering from medical conditions due to being malnourished while living in Nazi concentration camps. Many of them are also isolated, having lost their entire families during the war.
"The vast majority of those killed in the Auschwitz death camp were Jews from across Europe, but other non-Jewish prisoners, including Poles, Roma and Soviet soldiers were also among the victims," reports Breitbart Jerusalem.
"About 192,000 Jews lived in Austria before World War II. After the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938, which was enthusiastically supported by many Austrians, more than 100,000 Jews fled the country."
Today, only about 20,000 Holocaust survivors remain in the EU. And Jakubovits and others apparently want all of them to be vaccinated as soon as possible for their own "safety."
"Throughout their lives, they have shown mighty strength of spirit, but in the current crisis, many have sadly died alone and in pain, or are now fighting for their lives, and many others are suffering from extreme isolation," says Moshe Kantor, head of the EJC, about the remaining Holocaust survivors.
"We have a duty to survivors, to ensure that they are able to live their last years in dignity, without fear, and in the company of their loved ones."
Thus far, the distribution of Chinese virus vaccines throughout the EU has been slow. There are not enough doses available, reports suggest. In Israel, however, upwards of 80 percent of elderly Holocaust survivors over the age of 70 have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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