Holocaust survivors 521.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The board of directors of the Conference on Material Claims against
Germany (Claims Conference) announced new changes Sunday to the Hardship
Fund that will enable thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims to receive
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Following talks with the German government,
the payments will now be made to certain Jews who fled some areas of the
Soviet Union that were not occupied by the Nazis.
The changes will come into effect from January 1, 2012.
they meet the program's other eligibility criteria, these Jewish
victims will now be included in the Claims Conference Hardship fund. The
program issues a one-time payment of 2,556 euro.
The agreement applies to Jews who fled between June 22, 1941 and
January 27, 1944. It covers areas of the Soviet Union that were generally up
to 100 kilometers from the most easterly advance of the German army but
were not occupied later by the Nazis. Applicants who meet these criteria may now be eligible for a payment
from the Hardship Fund.
It is the first time that the experiences of these Jews who fled for their lives have been recognized by Germany.
“Even in this time of financial crisis, the German government continues
to recognize its historic commitment to Jewish victims of Nazism,” said
Amb. Stuart Eizenstat, Claims Conference Special Negotiator. “Germany
understands the importance of acknowledging the suffering of Jews
throughout Europe during the Shoah, who feared for their lives if they
were even in the path of the advancing Nazi army.”
“Jews who fled ahead of the advancing Nazis in order not to be murdered
were nevertheless victimized beyond imagination,” said Claims Conference
Chairman Julius Berman. “This payment can never bring back what was
lost, but it is an acknowledgment of what they endured during the war.”