The Claims Conference has pressed the German government for additional funds to provide urgently needed in-home services to aging Nazi victims.At negotiations last month with the German government, the Claims Conference obtained funding for vital social services for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The German government agreed to provide €21 million for these services through the end of 2007.

The Claims Conference has increased the amount every year that the German government provides for these services. In previous negotiations, €6 million was obtained in 2004 and €9 million in 2005.

This brings the total amount obtained from the German government by the Claims Conference in negotiations for in-home services to €37 million since 2004.

With the health needs of aging Holocaust survivors becoming increasingly urgent, the Claims Conference has been pressing Germany to provide funds so survivors may receive the assistance they need to remain in their own homes, a matter of great importance to many.

The funds will be allocated by the Claims Conference to agencies assisting needy Jewish victims of Nazism around the world.

In 2005, the Claims Conference allocated approximately $120 million for social services for elderly Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Funds came from the Claims Conference’s recovery of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany; the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims; the Swiss Banks Settlement; the “Hungarian Gold Train” settlement; and the German government.