November 4, 2008
Claims Conference international outreach concerning Hardship Fund payments to certain Jewish survivors of the Nazi siege of Leningrad has resulted in an unexpectedly large number of applications from Nazi victims. Since announcing in July 2008 that it obtained, through negotiations with Germany, eligibility for the Hardship Fund for certain Leningrad siege survivors, the Claims Conference has received nearly 6,000 applications. This is a fivefold increase from the approximately 1,200 applications each quarter to the Hardship Fund, which issues a €2,556 one-time payment. This unexpectedly large number of applications is resulting in a delay in processing, which the Claims Conference is working quickly to resolve.