The story behind the people in Sha’ar Menashe is the same as many other survivors in Israel; these are people who have overseen, they have no-one to support them.
Most of them were still children when they experience the horrors of the concentration camps. They were often the only members of their families to survive. They settled in Israel after World War Two and tried to live a ‘normal’ life.
Most of them had had traumatic experiences which could not simply be pushed aside and buried in their subconscious, and so they landed in psychiatric institutes.
Seventy-five years after the end of the war, they are still trying to mentally digest those horrors. Most of the patients at Sha’ar Menashe never married or had children of their own, and have spent their lives wandering from one institute to the next. They have lived on the fringes of Israeli society for years. They experience the horror and inferno as if it had happened only yesterday – they hear voices and dogs howling, they have reoccurring nightmares and are often confused.