10-day rehabilitation programs operated by the Commission held twice a year at the Srodborow facility outside of Warsaw. This program assists isolated and disabled Nazi victims in need of psychological support and rehabilitation in a Jewish environment.
Direct compensation payments in 2012 were made from the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF) and from the Holocaust Victim Compensation Fund (HVCF). Beginning in January 2013, CEEF payments increased to €300 per month from €260 due to Claims Conference negotiations with the German government, and are now €320. The Claims Conference negotiates on an ongoing basis with the German government to include additional Nazi victims in compensation programs, increase payments, and provide increased funds for social services.
Social conditions in Poland remain difficult for the elderly as the state continues to cut public health care spending in its bid to meet the European Union’s Eurozone entry criteria. Furthermore, pension levels for seniors are among the lowest in the region. The Claims Conference’s primary social welfare partner in Poland is the Central Jewish Welfare Commission, an umbrella group comprising all major Polish Jewish organizations including the Association of Children of the Holocaust in Poland, the Social and Cultural Association of Jews in Poland, the Jewish Religious Communities of Poland, and the Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of the Second World War. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee continues to supervise the provision of all Central Jewish Welfare Commission social services.
The Central Jewish Welfare Commission has prioritized four service areas for Nazi victims:
For Nazi victims, this organization also provides case management, winter relief, clothing programs, socialization programs, minor renovations and repairs of apartments, medical supplies and equipment, in-home rehabilitation or at local clinics, medical care and a volunteer program to visit homebound clients. A transportation program allows clients with limited mobility to attend doctor appointments, rehabilitation sessions and to participate in the community’s social and cultural activities.
Of particular note are the 10-day rehabilitation programs operated by the Commission held twice a year at the Srodborow facility outside of Warsaw. This program assists isolated and disabled Nazi victims in need of psychological support and rehabilitation in a Jewish environment.
Allocations are also made to the Association of Children of the Holocaust in Poland, which helps child survivors share their experiences and provides them with meaningful support including socialization and mental health programs. The organization also provides medical and financial assistance to vulnerable Righteous Gentiles living in Poland. The Claims Conference supports group and individual psychotherapy for Nazi victims, who are unable to pay for these services themselves.
Beginning in 1995, the Claims Conference provided significant funding for the renovation of the Srodborow facility, which includes the purchase of equipment and furniture. Claims Conference capital improvement projects in Poland also include the renovation of the Nozyk Synagogue (2001), which housed a senior day center program and is the last remaining pre-war synagogue in Warsaw, and the renovation of the kosher canteen for the Jewish community in Wroclaw (2000).