E. European Holocaust survivors get pension boost

The Jewish Claims Conference and German government agreed Wednesday to increase pensions for Eastern European Holocaust survivors and include some 1,500 more Western Europeans in the payment scheme, the Claims Conference said. Under the agreement, the 1,500 new claimants would be paid a total of US$65 million over the next decade, the Claims Conference said in a statement. Additionally, the Claims Conference successfully argued that the cost of living in Eastern Europe has gone up, and secured an increase for Holocaust survivors there. Payments for people in Eastern European EU countries will go from €175 (US$235) to €200 (US$269) monthly, and in non-EU countries from €135 (US$181) to €165 (US$222) as of Oct. 1.