Praise For Claims Conference


We have the seen the recent articles that raise questions about the
operations at the Claims Conference.

As representatives of the four largest organizations caring for Holocaust
survivors in New York City, we feel compelled to comment that nowhere in any
of the articles has there been recognition of the tremendous benefits that
the Claims Conference has provided to tens of thousands of Holocaust
survivors worldwide.

The Claims Conference has negotiated for compensation programs that provide
payments to individual survivors. Equally important, they have also obtained
hundreds of millions of dollars for supportive services that are critical in
assisting the frailest and neediest Holocaust survivors. These services, such
as homecare, medical care, food, and a range of other aid make their lives
easier and more comfortable than would be the case otherwise and have often
been literally life preserving for many. They enable the survivors to live at
home, with the independence and dignity they so richly deserve.

Those who suffered so much deserve the best care possible. Without the Claims
Conference, there would not be a coordinated, world-wide network of services,
and the Holocaust survivors’ lives would be that much more precarious.

The Claims Conference should be acknowledged for all that they have made

Rabbi Avi Fishof, CEO,
Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization/Guardians of the Sick

Rabbi Moshe Wiener, executive director,
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

Stuart C. Kaplan, CEO,
Selfhelp Community Services

Rabbi David Niederman, president & executive director
United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn