6,500 Holocaust survivors to receive pension from Germany for the first time

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Some 6,500 Holocaust survivors from various conflict zones in Europe will receive retirement Germany for the first time, the Claims Conference announced on Tuesday.
Included in the new pension scheme are people who survived the Nazi siege of Leningrad, were in hiding in France or suffered persecution in Romania. So far, they have not received a pension from the German government like other survivors.

Of the 6,500 survivors receiving pensions, approximately 4,500 survived the Nazi siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944 in which hundreds of thousands of civilians perished in aerial and artillery bombardments and starved due to the German blockade from the city.

About 800 survivors who went into hiding from the Nazis and their collaborators in France are included in the new retirement allowances, as well as some 1,200 who survived persecution in Romania during the Holocaust.

Of the beneficiaries, 2,000 live in Russia, 1,600 in Israel and the rest in the United States, Germany, France and other countries.

THE MASSIVE Holocaust memorial that looks like a cemetery in Berlin. (credit: BARRY DAVIS)

“Each year these negotiations become more and more critical,” said Gideon Taylor, president of the Claims Conference. “As this latest generation of survivors ages, their needs increase. Even 75 years after the Holocaust, these token payments offer recognition and restore some of the dignity taken from survivors in their youth.

The newly negotiated region-specific pension program is now open and is currently receiving applications.

Payments will be € 375 ($ 443) per month. Child Survivor Fund payments, a symbolic one-time payment of € 2,500 ($ 2,930), will also be made to those who meet the criteria for persecution and were born in or after 1928, the Claims Conference said.

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, Special Negotiator of the Claims Conference Negotiating Delegation, said: “As special negotiator, I am committed to survivors to continue to seek further justice whenever possible. .

“I am delighted again to see more survivors recognized by the German government for their unimaginable suffering. I have had the honor to sit alongside some of these survivors as we negotiate year after year for continued measure of justice. “


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