Germany to donate $720 million to Holocaust survivors worldwide

An organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis says Germany has agreed to award an additional $720 million (647 million euros) to provide support services for vulnerable survivors of the Nazis. Holocaust

BERLIN — The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis said on Wednesday that Germany had agreed to provide an additional $720 million (647 million euros) to provide home care and support services for frail and vulnerable Holocaust survivors.

The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, said the money would be distributed to more than 300 welfare organizations around the world.

“We are proud to announce this significant allocation at a time when these funds are critical, due to the increasing age, poverty and disability of our declining survivor population,” said Gideon Taylor, President. organisation.

“We know these funds provide vital support in these difficult times,” he added.

The additional funds are the largest amount ever allocated to the Social Services Claims Conference in a single year, the organization said in a statement. He estimates that the funds will be used to pay for the services of approximately 120,000 poor Holocaust survivors.

Since 1952, the German government has paid approximately $90 billion to individuals for suffering and loss resulting from Nazi persecution.

Last year, the Claims Conference distributed $653 million in grants to hundreds of social service agencies around the world.

“Survivors will be supported wherever they live, whether in war-torn areas or conflict, and regardless of the obstacle,” said Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference.

With the end of World War II now over 76 years ago, all living survivors of the Holocaust are elderly and many suffer from numerous medical problems because they were deprived of adequate food when they were youth.

Many also live in isolation, having lost their families during the war. Many Holocaust survivors came out of the war with nothing and are still impoverished today.

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