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Aid for Holocaust Survivors
News Bytes 10/15/2020 23 Comments

World War II ended 75 years ago. Today, about 240,000 elderly survivors of Nazi Germany’s genocide live in Israel, North America, Russia, and Western Europe. Yesterday, German officials agreed to provide over half a billion dollars to them. The funds will help with struggles that have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) negotiates with Germany each year. The talks address payments to survivors and increasing the number of people receiving funds. Since 1952, the German government has paid more than $80 billion in Holocaust damages.

This year, the German government agreed to recognize 27 “open ghettos” in Bulgaria and Romania. That recognition will allow survivors in those places to receive payments.

Because many survivors were deprived of proper nutrition when they were young, they suffer from medical issues today. Many live isolated lives—having lost their entire families during the war. In addition, many have mental issues resulting from trauma caused by Nazi oppression. Without the grace, love, mercy, and renewal of Jesus Christ, it is difficult to imagine how anyone who suffered so intensely could ever fully recover!

Greg Schneider is executive vice president of the Claims Conference. “There’s this kind of standard response for survivors,” he says, “that ‘I’ve been through worse and if I survived the Holocaust . . . I’ll get through this.’” But he says that “if you probe deeper, you understand the depths of trauma that still [reside].”

Plus, many survivors live on the poverty line. The costs of masks and protective gear, grocery delivery, and other pandemic-related expenses can be crushing.

“You’re teetering between making it every month,” Schneider says, “having to decide between food, medicine, and rent.”

The Claims Conference has already issued $4.3 million for survivor help. This helps cover in-home care, food, medicine, travel to doctors, and programs to ease social loneliness.

The new funds will help Jews who aren’t already receiving money from Germany. These are mostly people who fled the Nazis and stayed in hiding during the war. Each survivor will receive two payments of $1,400 over the next two years.

Schneider says about 50% of Holocaust survivors in the United States live in Brooklyn, New York. These people were hard-hit when New York was the center of the American virus outbreak. Now numbers are looking worse in Israel and other places. Schneider calls the situation “a rolling calamity.” The hardship moves around the globe with the effects of the virus.

(This picture of a group of Jewish children was taken just after liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet army in January 1945. AP Photo)

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Good for them!

Good for them!

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I am so glad that they are helping them. the Holocaust was a horrible time. When we were in Germany a few years ago, some of us went to visit Dachau, a concentration camp. It was good to see, but awful at the same time. Just the things that they did like gassing them to death or burning them or just lining them up and shooting them down. Terrible. It is sad that a lot of those people who went through those times still have terrible troubles today. I am glad that the Germans are trying to help them.

Riley that's awesome that you

Riley that's awesome that you went to Germany! How cool it must've been to see a country full of such rich (and terrible too) history! It must've been a painful experience to see the concentration camps. I think this is a good idea to help them out, but I just hope they don't push the German government so much that they will run out of money.

Ugh, has anyone read the

Ugh, has anyone read the Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom? Great story! She was treated horribly by the Nazis, though.


I hope this helps....and they are able to locate all of them.
And yes, I did a book study on The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom it was so sad the things they had to go through! But her sister's faith was amazing and such a good example to us now. Very inspiring and sad book.

I am so happy for them!!!

I am so glad that they are getting a little relief. I hope it makes them feel a little bit better about what happened to them. The holocaust was a horrible thing that happened to the Jews and I hope that all the people who were involved with that have repented of their sins. Because that was like the worst thing the world has ever done. Not that the whole world was involved.


I have read The hiding place

Has anyone read God TV:

Has anyone read God TV: Canceled? It’s very interesting

I liked this story very much,

I liked this story very much, only because I loooooooove History so much. Has anyone seen The Hiding Place? It is very dark so I wouldn’t watch it with littler siblings.


I have not watched it.....I'm scared some of you know....

N&M. A

There’s only one part we’re you see Corrie kill someone who beat her sister ( she didn’t really, they were showing her thoughts)


I have read the Hiding Place. It was such a good book, filled with devotion to each other, sadness, amazing faith, and victory, even through the sadness.
@Ruby D: I have not watched it yet. I thought about it, but I wasn't sure what it would be like, because all the not so good things in the book that the soldiers did to the women, and men too.
@Carys M: Yeah, I was still pretty young, ten I think, but I still remember it. The barracks were so crowded and small, and in the pictures the people looked so miserable. In 2019 we went to Washington DC and we went to the Holocaust museum. Touching, sad, very sad. It took a long time to go through, and it was good to read about that stuff, but sad too.

@ NA

I haven't read it, but I want to. I have read books about Corrie ten Boom, though.


Okay,thanks for the warning.

Interesting Idea

I think it could be a good idea, as long as Germany doesn't end up with economic problems, but they probably are making sure that they don't. When I was first reading the article I was wondering why they were giving away money. Then I understood after it talked about the survivors having medical problems. I didn't know there were still people from the Halocaust still living. Interesting that so many live in Brooklyn.
(I haven't been able to post comments recently because of glitches.:)

Has anyone read read Number

Has anyone read read Number the Stars? It's such a good book.

@ Above

Yes! I have read that one to!! It was good!


@Bethy S: yeah, they were probably kids during the Holocaust, or else they are very old people right now. Even if they were kids then they would be pretty old by now.
@Kiara J: Yeah, I have read it!! In one afternoon! XD I am a fast reader though. It was a good book too. I really liked it.


Same xD I read really fast xD

I hope to visit Germany one

I hope to visit Germany one day especially the concentration camps. And this serves them right giving money to them because they were the once’s who started it. Well not them exactly.... maybe that’s not fair to say that but still. I have been reading a couple of books recently that both have Dachau in it. And how it was inside.

My Granddad

My Granddad was smuggled out of Germany with his brother by his mom to America because they were going to be sent to a concentration camp (he and his brother are twins). He just reconnected with his older sister about a year ago (she still lives in Germany) through Google.

@Porter E

That is so awesome!!


I loved the Hiding Place! I did not know there was a move!

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