Claims Conference: Holocaust Survivors to Get $664 Million in Coronavirus Aid #germany #holocaust #announcements
Jan Meisels Allen
The Claims Conference has negotiated significant increases with the German government in compensation and social services due to the Coronoavirus. The payments will be metered out over two years.
Approximately 240,000 survivors will receive two payments each of €1,200 (approximately $1,400) for a total of €2,400 ($2,800) beginning in December. Most survivors live in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. The German government accepted the results of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum regarding “open ghettos” in Bulgaria and the report of Yad Vashem on “open ghettos” in Romania which together recognized 27 specific places as ghettos, thus enabling survivors who were in those places to receive Claims Conference compensation payments.
The group said the aid from Germany will help Nazi victims get groceries, personal protective equipment and other necessities, and cover delivery fees so they can stay home.
Additionally, the German government will directly provide to spouses of BEG recipients who died after January 1, 2020, and do not get a BEG spouse pension, a “transitional payment” of up to nine months.
These additional Hardship Fund payments, along with the 2021 global allocation of over for social welfare services funded by Germany to €554.5 million (over $653 million) will impact Holocaust survivors globally,” Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Claims Conference Special Negotiator, stated. The negotiations also resulted in a €30.5 million ($36 million) increase over last year in funding for social welfare services for Holocaust survivors.
The Claims Conference currently funds in-home care for over 83,000 frail and vulnerable Holocaust survivors around the world, enabling them to live their remaining days in dignity and in their own homes. Additionally, the organization assists over 70,000 survivors with other vital services, including food, medicine, transportation to doctors and programs to alleviate social isolation.
I have no further information on this. Questions should be directed to the Claims Conference- http://www.claimscon.org/about/contact-us/
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee