Funds Cut for Survivors’ Children

The Dutch government has decided to stop state allowances to children of World War II survivors.

A delegation of Jewish social service professionals and representatives of mental health institutions met last week with the Dutch minister of welfare to protest the decision.

The stipends went to children born after 1945 to parents who were victims of the Nazis or the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies from 1942 to 1945.

The Dutch minister of social welfare, Hedy d’Ancona, while willing to pay for psychiatric assistance, is refusing to grant permanent payments as an income substitute.

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