Sixty Five Years Later

PhotographerGili Yaari
PrizePress / Feature Story
Entry Description

Shaar Menashe Mental Health Center for Holocaust survivors in Pardes Hanna, Israel, is a home for about 70 Holocaust survivors. Most of them, who were children during the Holocaust, lost many or all of their family members. Along the years they emigrated to Israel, tried to integrate into the Israeli society and build their new lives but they were driven insane by their childhood experiences, and instead, they ended up in mental institutions. Sixty Five years afer the end of WWII, they are still living the horror. There are estimated 230,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. It is estimated that about 10 percent of them need mental treatment. Most of them don't get it. The story of the Holocaust survivors at Shaar Menashe mental hospital is the story of many other Holocaust survivors. Even those who managed to integrate into society and build new lives carry deep mental scars which can never be healed.

About Photographer

Gili Yaari is an Israel-based photojournalist specializing in documentary and news photography. In his work, Gili focuses on social and humanitarian issues. Yaari has participated in several group exhibitions in Israel and worldwide including The Save a Child's Heart (SACH) Photography Exhibition which is a joint project of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SACH, launched as part of Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations. The Exhibition is traveling around the world in five copies. Gili's works appear in various Israeli and international magazines and daily papers. Since 2007 he is a contributing photographer for the Jerusalem based photo agency Flash90.