Holocaust Survivor Services to Receive an Additional
$18 Million Over Three Years from Insurance Commission
Serah Schwartz of Sydney, Australia receives home support through ICHEIC’s humanitarian program, which is administered by the Claims Conference. [read Serah’s story]An extra $18 million for social services to Jewish victims of Nazism will be distributed for 2006 through 2008 from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC). The extra funds are in addition to already scheduled allocations, and come from ICHEIC allocations originally earmarked for 2009.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) will distribute the funds to organizations and institutions that have experience in assisting needy Jewish victims of Nazism in 32 countries.

In 2003, ICHEIC designated a total of $132 million to be allocated for services such as homecare, hunger relief and medical care for survivors around the world.

Through the end of 2005, $75 million was allocated to 85 agencies and organizations.

The funds are from a 2002 agreement between ICHEIC and the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future,” representing German insurance companies, for the benefit of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.

Much of the money is used primarily to provide homecare, an increasingly pressing need among Holocaust survivors. Many Nazi victims are without the resources to provide for such care. Nursing homes, a traditional option for many elderly, are often not a desirable option for Holocaust survivors, for whom life in an institution may be particularly traumatic.

Homecare includes housekeeping and help with daily tasks of living, skilled nursing and home modifications for disabled residents; a range of services that enable the elderly to remain living in their own homes.

For Jewish Nazi victims whose families may have moved away, or who live in countries with little or no government provision of services, such care can enable these elderly to remain independent in their homes and adds a measure of dignity to their lives.

Funds are also used for auxiliary services, which include food packages and hot meals as well as assistance with medical equipment and purchasing medication.

ICHEIC has asked the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) to implement the distribution of the funds.

For more information: www.icheic.org and www.claimscon.org.