The Article 2 Fund is administered by the Claims Conference, but is governed by eligibility criteria established by the German government. Article 2 Fund eligibility criteria are complex as they were negotiated point by point with the German government over a number of years. The Claims Conference encourages people who may have a claim to apply.
Under this program, eligible applicants receive monthly payments of €300, an amount that has increased over the years due to Claims Conference negotiations with Germany, paid in quarterly installments.
Please Note: Heirs are not entitled to file an application form.
Persons who currently reside in any of the former communist-bloc countries of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union should apply to the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF).
PERSONS CURRENTLY RECEIVING A MONTHLY PENSION UNDER THE GERMAN FEDERAL INDEMNIFICATION LAW (BEG), THE AUSTRIAN LAW REGARDING RELIEF FOR VICTIMS (OFG), PAYMENTS UNDER THE PRV, THE GDR PENSION FOR VICTIMS OF THE NAZI REGIME (VDN), OR A PENSION FROM THE ISRAELI MINISTRY OF FINANCE UNDER THE ISRAELI NAZI PERSECUTIONS DISABLED PERSONS LAW 5717-1957 CANNOT ALSO RECEIVE A PENSION FROM THE ARTICLE 2 FUND.
*The German government and Claims Conference have agreed that applications from Holocaust survivors who were in a concentration camp for whatever period of time, and do not receive an ongoing pension from the BEG, Israeli Ministry of Finance, Article 2 Fund or the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF), will be submitted by the Claims Conference for review by the Ministry of Finance to see whether those cases are cases of special hardship. Such survivors should contact the Claims Conference.
As of January 1, 2012, Jewish Holocaust survivors who are age 75 or over and who were incarcerated in a ghetto as defined by the German government for at least three months (but for less than 12 months) and who do not already receive a pension from a German source (Article 2 Fund, CEEF, German Federal Indemnification Law - BEG – Bundesentschadigungsgesetz, Israeli Ministry of Finance under the Israeli Nazi Persecution Disabled Persons Law 5717-1957) , may be eligible for a special pension of €240 per month.
In addition to the above-mentioned criteria relating to the duration, place and nature of persecution, the eligibility criteria of the Article 2 Fund include the following geographical and financial limitations established by the German government:
When calculating whether the income limit has been met, from October 1, 2007 the following criteria apply:
Further details regarding these issues may be announced on the website.
Please Note: Applicants who may be eligible based on the persecution criteria should apply immediately. Although certain financial eligibility criteria have yet to be finalized, eligible applicants may receive back payments commencing from the later of October 1, 2007 or the date of the receipt of the application. Thus, applicants may apply immediately and submit their financial details once the specific criteria have been finalized and announced on the Claims Conference website.
Applicants not found eligible will have the right to appeal to the Independent Review Authority of the Claims Conference.
Important Note: All applicants are urged to check the Claims Conference website regularly as amendments to the criteria and clarifications are posted as they become available.
The Claims Conference continues to press the German government for future liberalization of the criteria so more survivors will be eligible for payments. The Claims Conference is seeking the inclusion of Holocaust survivors who:
NOTE: Applicants are advised that it has been clarified that the Article 2 Fund, Central and Eastern European Fund and Hardship Fund, will process applications from applicants who were a fetus at the time of their mother’s persecution.
The Claims Conference actively assists survivors with the difficult task of seeking documentation more than 50 years after the event. Caseworkers help survivors organize and complete their documentation. The Claims Conference has assisted many clients in qualifying for Article 2 pensions using records from the German indemnification agencies, the International Tracing Service and a wide variety of other sources, including archives in the former Soviet Union, the Russian Red Cross, the Holocaust Museum in Washington and Yad Vashem, in Israel. For more information:
For residents of Europe:
Claims Conference Article 2 Fund
60487 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 970701-0
Fax: +49 69 970701-40
For residents of Israel:
Claims Conference Article 2 Fund
Tel Aviv 61292
For residents of the United States and all other countries:
New York, NY 10018
December 5, 2011