HUNGARIAN GOLD TRAIN SETTLEMENT

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The first funds from a $25 million class-action settlement between Hungarian Holocaust survivors and the U.S. government have been distributed to social service agencies for the benefit of needy Hungarian survivors. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) allocated $4.2 million to 27 agencies in seven countries. A list of agencies and guidance on obtaining assistance can be found at www.hungariangoldtrain.org and www.claimscon.org.

Each agency will have a Holocaust survivor advisory committee to assist in the distribution of the funds. This model has been used effectively by the Claims Conferences in the other social service programs for survivors that it funds. The Claims Conference allocated the funds in accordance with the court-approved plan it developed. A total of approximately $21 million will be distributed to social service agencies over five years. Class Members (survivors included in the Settlement) who are eligible for social service assistance are Jews who were born before May 8, 1945 who lived in the 1944 borders of Greater Hungary some time between 1939 and 1945, and who are in need of financial assistance. The Settlement does not provide for direct payments to Class Members as compensation for property lost on the Hungarian Gold Train.

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