June 19th, 2008

More money for Holocaust survivors

Berlin – In its negotiations with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), the Federal Ministry of Finance has agreed to increase monthly payments to Holocaust survivors by 8 percent, according to Jüdische Allgemeine . In addition, survivors who were previously excluded from the pension programmes may now receive a pension from the Claims Conference and funding will be provided for homecare needs of Jewish victims of Nazism. Payments to Holocaust survivors will thus increase from €270 to €291 per month. Monthly payments from the Central and Eastern European Fund will be raised to €216 from €200 to survivors residing in the EU. Survivors residing in non-EU countries will receive €178 per month, up from €165. Currently, more than 65,800 victims of Nazi persecution receive payments from the Claims Conference funds. The Federal Government will provide €15 million this year and €30 million next year for social services for Jewish victims of Nazism. These funds will be used to provide in-home services for highly aged Holocaust survivors. (19.06.2008)