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Holocaust survivor donates $100,000 to Hebrew University

Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:03

Jerusalem: Hebrew University has received a surprise donation of USD 100,000 from an unexpected benefactor - a Jewish woman who survived the Nazi Holocaust and lived as destitute in Manhattan.
"The woman died two years ago at the age of 92 and the university learnt about her will only about three months ago before receiving the donation last week," Yefet Ozery, Hebrew University`s director of development and public relations was quoted as saying in the daily `Ha`aretz`.

"She lived as a very poor woman in a shopping cart with no known relatives. After her death, it was discovered she had accumulated close to USD 300,000," Ozery said.

The donated money will be used to fund scholarships for medical research students according to her wishes, he said refusing to disclose the name of the woman.

She had left the other half of her savings, which is not known how she amassed, to various causes and beneficiaries.

"No one knows where she got it from. But she probably lived penny to penny. She probably saved it to do good for the world and for the Jewish people," Ozery said.

The woman`s last known employer was a Jewish man in New York, who hired her to move his car to avoid parking tickets in exchange for a hot meal and a room, he said.

The woman also left a portion of her savings for that employer, the newspaper reported.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:03
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