Noach Flug, a tireless advocate for the rights of Holocaust survivors, has died in Jerusalem. He was 86.

The Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel said Flug died Thursday morning at Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Flug "worked day and night in Israel and around the world for the good of his fellow survivors," center spokesman Uri Arazi said. "He was a man of integrity and a leader."

Born in Poland in 1925, Flug was deported from the Lodz ghetto, where he was a member of the anti-Nazi underground, to the Auschwitz death camp in August 1944. Nearly all his family was killed at that camp, but he managed to survive it and two other concentration camps.

In 1958 he emigrated to Israel, working as an economist and a diplomat.

But it was as a champion of Holocaust survivors in their fight for reparations that he left his greatest mark.

He held leading positions on the Jewish Claims Conference, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the International Auschwitz Committee and the Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

Flug also served as chairman of the umbrella organization of Holocaust survivors in Israel, the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, lobbying the government successfully for larger stipends for this aging and fast-dwindling population.

In 2006, Germany awarded him the country's Grand Cross of the Order of Merit for his "decades-long work on behalf of survivors of the Holocaust and his tireless efforts to promote understanding between Jews and non-Jews and between Israel and Germany."

Israel has the world's largest community of Holocaust survivors … 240,000, in all.
Flug is survived by his wife, Dorota, two daughters and four grandchildren, said Arazi.