Nazi Victims in Gaza Region Receive $428,000 in Aid from Claims Conference as Part of Long-Standing Support
Jan. 12, 2009 -- The Claims Conference is allocating more than $428,000 to
assist Nazi victims, living in areas under missile attack from Gaza, who may
be especially traumatized by the current conflict. These new grants build on
the Claims Conference’s support over the past years to help Nazi victims in
southern Israel cope with the additional distress evoked by their present situation.
Claims Conference assistance includes:
- $268,000 to pay for full memberships in 2009 for Nazi victims in “supportive
communities.” Supportive communities provide emergency life buttons, enabling
elderly residents to easily contact (without use of a telephone) emergency
medical assistance directly. Additional services also include home modifications,
counseling, security, and socialization programs. The Claims Conference allocated
$250,000 for this program in 2008.
- The Claims Conference has enhanced its ongoing support of AMCHA, the National
Israeli Center for Psychological Support of Nazi Victims, with a $50,000 grant
for 2009, specifically to provide psychosocial support to Nazi victims living
near Gaza. In 2008, the Claims Conference funded a new AMCHA branch in Sderot.
- Special emergency allocations in 2009 of $36,000 to provide shatter-proof
glass windows in three nursing homes – Beit Avot Ashdod, Association for the
Welfare of the Aged in Beersheva, and Neve Oranim in Gedera – in southern
Israel. A total of 290 Nazi victims live in these nursing homes.
- Hunger relief programs in Ashkelon and Ashdod. For 2009, the Claims Conference
allocated $74,088 to Eshel Ashdod and $32,256 to Eshel Ashkelon for food programs
that include hot meals for Nazi victims, a program that can be of great comfort
in a traumatic time. For 2007 and 2008, these agencies received a combined
$268,000 for hunger relief for Nazi victims.
Previous and ongoing Claims Conference assistance for Nazi victims in southern
Israel include the following projects:
- In 2008, the Claims Conference allocated $211,000 to expand and reinforce
the day center of the Association for the Elderly in Sha’ar Hanegev, where
the majority of attendees are Nazi victims. In addition, the day center of
the Association for the Elderly in Sderot received a $38,000 grant toward
reinforcing the building against attacks. These centers were established with
Claims Conference allocations in 1998 of $140,000 and $100,000 respectively.
Last year, the Claims Conference also initiated a program to cover the out-of-pocket
costs for low-income victims of Nazi persecution who attend these day centers.
- The Foundation for the Benefit of Nazi Victims in Israel uses approximately
NIS 1.2 million yearly from its Claims Conference allocations to provide nursing
care to Nazi victims in the Gaza region.
- In 2006, allocations of $499,800 were made to three Amigour sheltered housing
complexes in Ashkelon to provide protected areas on every floor of the complex
in order to shelter residents during attacks. In 2008, the Claims Conference
allocated an additional $144,025 toward this project. This is part of a larger
Claims Conference allocation of over $1.8 million to construct protected areas
in 13 complexes in vulnerable regions of Israel.