holocaust survivors

Borough Park Street To Honor Wallenberg

12/03/2012

A stretch of 13th Avenue in Borough Park will be co-named Raoul Wallenberg Way on Dec. 9th. 

Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat stationed in Budapest who in 1944 saved as many as 100,000 Jews from the Nazis by issuing them documents that afforded them protection from Sweden.

Raoul Wallenberg: Taken by Soviets in 1945 and never seen again.

Remembering Ginga: A Holocaust Survivor's Eulogy

11/28/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Our grandmother, Regina Littman Sperling, passed away on October 14th at age 88. Because the number of Holocaust survivors is sadly and rapidly dwindling, we wanted to share some memories about what a unique and blessed life she lived and what her loss means to us.

We called her Ginga, because when Jen was a baby I couldn’t say Regina, so I started to call her that, and it has been her name ever since.

Born Rebecca, Rivkah Leah, in 1924 in Bolechov, Poland, she was a teenager when the Holocaust began. 

Regina Littman Sperling with her husband, Leon, in the 1990s.

Israel Fund Turns Away Holocaust Survivors

11/09/2012

A fund that helps Israeli Holocaust survivors pay medical expenses told recipients that it would stop receiving applications until next year, citing an overflow of requests.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel this week suspended the transfer of funds to over 8,000 survivors eligible for benefits.

Taxing Situation For Survivors

08/14/2012
Staff Writer

For years, without fail, Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn went to their mailboxes and pulled out their monthly, non-taxable reparations checks from the German government.

But last month, they were shocked to see a letter from the German Federal Tax Office providing them with a tax identification number for use in paying taxes on their pensions.

This week, in a quick reversal, German officials are telling survivors who received those letters, “Fuhgedaboutit.”

State Sen. David Storobin: First brought reparations faux pas to German Consulate’s attention.

Fighting For Survivors

08/07/2012
Editorial

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is offering to search the state’s unclaimed funds account to see if any of its nearly $12 billion belongs to Holocaust survivors or their heirs.

The money was in accounts that were turned over to the state by banks, brokerages and other financial institutions after years of inactivity. Some life insurance companies also turned over death benefits when they were unable to find the beneficiary.

Germans Agree To Additional $300 Million In Restitution Funds

07/10/2012

 

Germany has agreed to provide restitution payments to an additional 80,000 Jews in what Claims Conference officials are describing as a historic breakthrough.

The agreement, which was reached Monday in negotiations between German officials and Claims Conference representatives, is likely to result in additional payments of approximately $300 million. Most of the money will go to Nazi victims in the former Soviet Union who have never before qualified for pensions or payments from German restitution money.

Survivors’ Group Lauds Germany For Plan To Fight Anti-Semitism

01/24/2012

(JTA) -- A U.S.-based group of Holocaust survivors is commending Germany on its determination to fight “deep-rooted” anti-Semitism at home.

Survivors’ Group Lauds Germany For Plan To Fight Anti-Semitism

01/24/2012

(JTA) -- A U.S.-based group of Holocaust survivors is commending Germany on its determination to fight “deep-rooted” anti-Semitism at home.

Ghetto Survivors Eligible For Payment

11/29/2011

For the first time, Holocaust survivors who worked for the Nazis in ghettos “without force” are eligible for a one-time Ghetto Fund payment of about $2,600, in addition to monthly German pensions. The Ghetto Fund was created in 2007 because of problems in implementing social security payments for these survivors.

“The decision represents recognition of the suffering and hardship experienced by Jews working in Nazi-era ghettos under unimaginable conditions,” said Julius Berman, chairman of the Claims Conference.

Survivors Again Press Congress For Right To Sue Insurers

Hearing this week is latest attempt to allow survivors to press claims in state court; French rail case testimony also heard.

11/17/2011
Staff Writer

After years of getting the runaround from the German insurance giant Allianz, Herbert Karliner recently learned why he had been unable to collect on his father’s life insurance: the company claims his father cashed in the policy on Nov. 9, 1938 — the day of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom against Jews.

On that day, Karliner said, his “father’s store was burned down and he was taken from our home to Buchenwald,” a Nazi concentration camp.


Survivors demonstrated in Feb. against Allianz at a golf tournament the German insurance giant sponsored in Boca Raton, Fla.
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