Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor was Israel’s 1st virus victim

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This undated photo provided by the family of Arie Even, shows Israeli, Arie Even. On March 20, 2020, the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor was infected last month in his assisted living facility in Jerusalem and became Israel’s first coronavirus fatality. (Family of Arie Even via AP)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Arie Even survived the Holocaust in Hungary, and some other close calls since, but he couldn’t escape the wrath of the global pandemic ravaging the elderly.

The 88-year-old was infected last month in his assisted living facility in Jerusalem and became Israel’s first coronavirus fatality.

His family recalled a man of fine tastes and keen social awareness and expressed frustration at how his retirement home was exposed to outside infection.

This undated photo provided by the family of Arie Even, shows Israeli, Arie Even. On March 20, 2020, the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor was infected last month in his assisted living facility in Jerusalem and became Israel’s first coronavirus fatality. (Family of Arie Even via AP)

Because of public gathering restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus, he had a limited funeral and his large family was deprived of a the traditional Jewish mourning ritual.

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