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Germany to allocate $720 million to Holocaust survivors around the globe

Jewish Material Claims have confirmed that Germany has agreed to extend another $720 million to provide home care and supportive services for frail and vulnerable Holocaust survivors.

Jewish Material Claims deals with claims from Jews who suffered under the Nazi regime. They have confirmed that the money will be distributed worldwide.

“We are proud to announce this significant allocation at a time when these funds are critical, due to the age, poverty and increasing disability of our waning survivor population,” said Gideon Taylor, the organization’s president. “We know these funds provide vital support during these difficult times.”

The additional funds constitute the largest amount ever allocated for the Claims Conference for welfare services in a single year, the organization said in a statement. It estimates the funds will pay for services for approximately 120,000 impoverished Holocaust survivors.

Since 1952, the German government has paid about $90 billion to individuals for persecution by the Nazis. The funds are distributed to social welfare organizations in regions where significant numbers of survivors live, to ensure vital services, such as home care, medical care, emergency assistance and food are available for Holocaust survivors there.

“Survivors will be supported wherever they live, whether war-torn areas or conflict zones, and no matter the obstacle,” said Greg Schneider, the Claims Conference’s executive vice president.

With the end of World War II now more than 76 years ago, all living Holocaust survivors are elderly, and many suffer from several medical issues as they were deprived of proper nutrition when they were young. Many also live alone, having lost their families in the war. Many Holocaust survivors came out of the war with nothing and remain poor to this day.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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