New York, NY – The Claims Conference convened Monday in New York to reevaluate reparations for Holocaust survivors, reaching a landmark decision to increase survivor homecare funding over the next three years by a total of 564 million dollars.
German and Israeli representatives flew in for the conference, chaired by Julius Berman, that addressed the growing social welfare needs of Holocaust survivors throughout the world.
Under the new agreement, in 2012 the German government will provide €126.7 million (approximately $177 million) for homecare funding; in 2013, €136.7 million (approximately $191 million); and in 2014, €140 million (approximately $196 million). This totals €403 million (approximately $564 million).
The 2012 figure is a 15-percent increase over the amount negotiated for 2011. The money will be distributed to various agencies worldwide to provide survivors with in-home nursing and assistance in day-to-day activities. The hope is that through providing at-home care, Holocaust victims will be able to remain living at home in spite of difficulties associated with old age.
The conference negotiated an increase in pension payments to survivors. It was also decided that while previously a minimum of 18 months incarceration in a Nazi-era ghetto was the criteria for receiving payments, the German government will now review individual cases and determine based on hardship and persecution if those who spent less time in the ghetto are eligible for funding as well.
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