Group: Germany ups funds for Holocaust survivors

The Jewish Claims Conference said it won a promise Thursday from the German government to increase funding to elderly Holocaust survivors in eastern Europe. German officials promised to increase monthly payments from €178 ($235) to €240 ($315) for survivors in some of the poorest eastern European countries, such as Ukraine, said Roman Kent, a negotiator for the claims conference. Those in relatively wealthier eastern countries now in the European Union, such as Poland, will see their payments rise from €216 ($295) to €240 ($328), he said. Kent said the breakthrough came Thursday during meetings with representatives of Germany's Finance Ministry.