The German government will provide more than $664 million in aid to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust to help offset financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, the organization that negotiates restitution for victims of Nazi persecution announced Wednesday.
The New York based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, estimates that nearly 240,000 survivors of the Holocaust will receive approximately two payments of $1,400 in each of the next two years.
The largest populations of Holocaust survivors who will be receiving the payments live in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. A large population of survivors, especially the elderly who live in countries like the former Soviet Union, face challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty.
“This new agreement will benefit tens of thousands of the poorest survivors alive,” Claims Conference Executive Vice President, Greg Schneider, said in the statement.