From Germany, aid to Holocaust survivors to overcome the Covid 19 crisis

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From Germany, aid to Holocaust survivors to overcome the Covid 19 crisis




The extermination camp of Auschwitz


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The extermination camp of Auschwitz


BERLIN – A monthly check of 1,200 euros per month over the next two years to help the poorest Holocaust survivors overcome the coronavirus crisis. This is the help that Germany has offered to around 240,000 victims escape the Nazi fury all over the world struggling for subsistence. The news came from the Claims Conference, an organization that negotiates compensation for the victims of extermination with the German government. Berlin will pay € 560 million in aid to destitute Jews who survived the Holocaust from December.

“We must face the challenge of the growing needs of aging survivors, and now also of the new and urgent needs caused by the global pandemic,” he stressed. Gideon Taylor, president of the Claims Conference. The majority of those who will receive aid live in Israel, North America, Europe or the former Soviet republics.

The agreement between the association and the German government also provides for an increase of € 30.5 million in social benefits that are paid to survivors, compared to last year. And if their spouses died after January 1, 2020, Berlin also grants them financial aid that can cover up to nine monthly rents.

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