The organization which holds the responsibility of ensuring the funding for the Jewish survivors from the holocaust has extended its helping hand to confer another $1.4 billion for the nazi victims across the world.
Claims Conference for Holocaust Survivors
The amount was discussed with the German finance ministry. Out of the whole sum, $ 888.9 million is dedicated to giving home care and other supportive nitty gritty for feeble survivors of the horrors of the second world war.
In addition, an extension of $ 175 million to the Hardship Fund Supplemental program has been succeeded which affects over 128,000 Holocaust survivors all over the world, as per Conference held in New York on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which is known as Claims Conference.
The executive vice president of Claims Conference, Greg Schneider said that each year the negotiations become even more pertinent as the requirements and age of the last generation of survivors grow.
Schneider further went on to say that guaranteeing regular payments to the Holocaust survivors as well as augmenting the social welfare services is very important in making certain that every victim is getting the proper care for the period it is needed and catering to every person’s needs.
As the population of survivors is reducing, the Claims Conference has decided to continue to donate money for Holocaust education which has been increased for two more years and rises each year by $3.3 million.
Since the year 1952, the German government has bequeathed over $90 billion to Jewish people who have faced torture and persecution by the Nazis.
The inception of the Hardship Fund Supplemental payment is very recent, it was started during COVID-19 lockdowns and was originally meant to be a one-time payment but then gradually prolonged to three supplemental payments for the needy Holocaust survivors.
Which Jewish Holocaust survivors receive compensation?
The Holocaust survivors who are entitled to get these payments through Germany are Russian Jews at large. And the Jews that were not in concentration camps or ghettos are not eligible to receive compensation through this program.
As children, they escaped the “Einsatzgruppen” which is the Nazi mobile killing structure that butchered numerous Jews. Gazillions of Jews were killed by these mobile units, which functioned by murdering a large number of Jews and were buried in trenches.
The people who fled and managed to outlast are one of the most deprived and poverty-ridden Jews in the group of survivors.
The organization said in a statement that by extending the payments to the aggrieved people, the German government conceded that their pain and torment is being felt from the core, emotionally and financially as well. Though it is symbolic, the financial aid is providing livelihood to many ageing Holocaust survivors scattered across the world.
It is important to note here that the age-old survivors are at present going through health problems which is because they were bereft of nutrition at a young age.
The organization is aimed at a good cause to give dignity and respect to the people who were brutally treated during their heydays. However, the trauma Jews have witnessed and the mental as well as physical pain that Nazis had inflicted on innocent people cannot be erased by any measure. The darkest days of their lives are etched in their memory.