The sands of time are running out

By PAUL ALSTER
April 14, 2014 12:34

Some Holocaust survivors still face an uphill battle to receive compensation due to them.




Holocaust survivors from Pardes Hanna

Holocaust survivors from Pardes Hanna. (photo credit:GIL ELIYAHU / JINIPIX)

“THEY’RE JUST holding back until there’s no one left to deal with. I promise you that’s what it’s all about. At this rate, they won’t have to wait too much longer,” Holocaust survivor Gidon Lieber, a retired pilot, lamented at the weekly meeting of fellow survivors in Pardes Hanna, a quiet town south of Haifa.

The subject of delays in receiving payments, the sometimes insurmountable bureaucracy, and the disturbing reports highlighting many hundreds of millions of dollars of unallocated funds under the management of the New Yorkbased Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany raised many a hackle among the gathering of elderly pensioners.

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