Germany has agreed to increase pension payments to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe, along with expanding eligibility for child survivors.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, or Claims Conference, is an organisation that represents the world's Jews in negotiating for compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution and their heirs. The Conference also announced that Germany has agreed to pay another 75 million euros ($88 million) to fund social welfare services for Holocaust survivors.
As reported by AP, the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said on July 10th that the additional payments bring the total funding for next year up to 480 million euros to help survivors as they grow older and more frail.
Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider says, "these elderly heroes deserve the recognition that increased payments and much-needed services will provide."
The Claims Conference carries out continuous negotiations to make more people eligible for compensation. Since 1952, Germany has paid out more than $70 billion.