Homeless survivor leaves $100,000 gift

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem has received a surprise donation of more than $100,000 from an unexpected benefactor — a woman who survived the Holocaust and appeared to be destitute, a university official said.

Upon her death two years ago, a homeless Holocaust survivor living on the streets of New York City willed the gift to the university. The Jewish woman lived out of a shopping cart in Manhattan and had no known relatives, said Yefet Ozery, Hebrew University’s director of development and public relations.

“She lived as a very poor woman. And when she died at the age of 92, it was discovered she had accumulated close to $300,000,” Ozery said.

The university first learned about the gift three months ago but did not receive the money until last week. The woman, who had no known connection to the university, left the rest of her savings to various causes and beneficiaries. — ap