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Child Holocaust Survivors Get $60 Million — In A Single Day


The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of approximately $2,750 to child survivors of the Holocaust.

Germany Sending $2,700 To Child Holocaust Survivors

‘Symbolic’ payments meant to recognize late-onset symptoms stemming from wartime trauma.

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People who survived the Holocaust as children received last Friday a payment from the German government of €2,500, about $2,700.

Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camp survivor Eva Behar shows her number tattoo. Getty Images

New Rules Pave Way For Polish Expat Pensions

Move marks first time U.S. Holocaust survivors can apply for monthly payments from Polish government.

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Thousands of Holocaust survivors originally from Poland — more than 3,000 in New York alone — will for the first time be receiving applications to apply for $130-a-month pension payments from Poland, thanks to a law that took effect last month, The Jewish Week has learned.

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Claims Conference Ponders Future Without Survivors

Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.


A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned.

Claims Conference Executive Director Greg Schneider, center at right. JTA

Survivors Call On Merkel

Chancellor should intercede in East German claims, lawyers say.

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Eva Lipman is asking for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s help in getting compensation for her grandfather’s Berlin hat factory that had been seized by the Nazis.

The Max Kaiser hat factory showroom in East Berlin owned by Eva Lipman’s grandfather. Photo courtesy Eva Lipman

Scandal Of The Year


It was a year of abundant scandal in the Jewish communal world, with institutions ranging from the Claims Conference ($57 million phony claims scam), Yeshiva University (sexual abuse charges) and even the 92nd Y (top administrators involved in a kickback scheme) forced into damage control by the conduct of top administrators. But none was as shocking as the sudden firing of William Rapfogel as CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. For more than two decades his was the face of crisis and compassion, that familiar grin emanating from news stories about a perpetual “perfect storm” of increased demand for services and diminished resources.

Groups Urge Full Review Of Nazi Art Trove

Jewish representatives on German task force to help determine rightful heirs of works found in Munich.

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The Jewish community is appointing three art experts to a 10-member task force being established to learn the rightful owners of a vast trove of paintings found in the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father helped Adolf Hitler sell looted art, The Jewish Week has learned.

Artist Nana Dix, granddaughter of German painter Otto Dix, poses with private photographs in her Munich studio. Getty Images

Claims Conference Founder Saul Kagan Dies


Saul Kagan, the founder and longtime leader of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the main vehicle for negotiating with Germany over restitution for Holocaust survivors, died Nov. 10 at 91.

Ex-Claims Conference Official Gets 8 Years In Prison

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Semen Domnitser, ringleader of the $57.3 million fraud against the Claims Conference, was sentenced this week to eight years in prison, ordered to forfeit $59,230 and to pay restitution totaling $57.3 million.

NY AG Asked To Intervene In Claims Conference Payments

Lawyers for survivors claim in complaint that group shortchanging heirs on property.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been asked to compel the Claims Conference to compensate perhaps thousands of families for the property they lost to the Nazis.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman oversees state not-for-profit organizations like the Claims Conference. Getty Images
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