To provide for the increased needs of Holocaust survivors, the Claims Conference has increased by 16 percent its annual allocation to 34 New York agencies that serve about 20,000 survivors.
“In these times of severe crisis for Jewish philanthropy, the increase in Claims Conference funds for social services is even more essential to the wellbeing of elderly Nazi victims,” according to Julius Berman, the conference chairman.
Allocations were made to agencies that provide such things as homecare, medical assistance, food programs, transportation, emergency cash grants and socialization programs for survivors.
The increased funding came in part from a doubling of the annual grant from Germany to Nazi victims worldwide who require inhome services – from $20 million to $40 million, according to Gideon
Taylor, the Claim Conference’s executive vice president.