Siege of Leningrad victims to be compensated

The Claims Conference has won payment for Jewish survivors of the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

Under an agreement the conference described as a “historic breakthrough,” the German government will make a one-time payment of about $4,000 to victims of the siege now living in Israel or Western countries. The conference estimates that thousands of Jewish victims meet the criteria.

An estimated 1 million residents of Leningrad died during the siege, which began in 1941 and lasted for 900 days, making it one of the longest city sieges in modern history. Among the dead were 800 Jews who were massacred in Pushkin, a Leningrad suburb.

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