Germany to Pay $720M in Compensation to Holocaust Survivors around the World
'Significant allocation at a time when these funds are critical'
Germany announced it will grant an additional $720 million to over 300 international welfare organizations to support Holocaust survivors deemed disabled and vulnerable.
The funds will be given to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) to send to social welfare organizations that specialize in-home care and supportive services for Holocaust survivors.
According to estimates, there are 400,000 holocaust survivors in the world, many of whom live in poverty due to their elderly condition and the severe malnutrition they suffered during the Holocaust.
The president of the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Gideon Taylor, said:
“We are proud to announce this significant allocation at a time when these funds are critical, due to the age, poverty and increasing disability of our waning survivor population."
“We know these funds provide vital support during these difficult times”, Taylor continued.
As Breitbart noted:
The Claims Conference have estimated that 120,000 impoverished survivors will directly benefit from the services funded by this latest reparations payout.
Since 1952, the German government has paid $90 billion to survivors of the Holocaust – many of whom never regained their property or possessions they lost during their persecution.
The new funds are the largest grant the Claims Conference have been able to distribute to social services around the world, beating their 2021 grant of $653 million.
The Claims Conference executive vice president, Greg Schneider, said despite the record payout, the Claims Conference will continue to “fight for more year-after-year to ensure every survivor has the care they deserve.”
“Survivors will be supported wherever they live, whether war-torn areas or conflict zones and no matter the obstacle,” he said.
“Whether in the face of the ongoing pandemic, issues of inflation, or threat of war, we are committed to providing home care, food, and medicine to elderly poor Holocaust survivors,” Schneider continued.
The Claims Conference has released that they will be allocating $47 Million to social welfare services in Ukraine to ensure their continued “commitment to support Holocaust survivors in the face of imminent threat.”
The news comes as the Kyiv Babi Yar Holocaust memorial dedicated to tens of thousands of Jews who were massacred during the Holocaust was struck by a Russian missile attack on Tuesday.
The attack on the memorial – which is essentially a mass grave for 34,000 Jews who were massacred there by the Nazis in 1941 – was condemned by the Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.