JTA

Holocaust survivors in former Eastern Bloc countries that are now members of the European Union will get increased compensation.
The payments, negotiated by the Claims Conference, will increase from $162 per month to $210 per month starting Jan. 1. The increase, which the Claims Conference had been seeking for several years, reflects the dramatic increase in the cost of living in the region since the original settlement was agreed to in 1998 under the Claims Conference Central and Eastern European Fund.

About 17,000 people are recipients of the money.