The Article 2 Fund is administered by the Claims Conference, but is governed by eligibility criteria established by the German government. The Claims Conference encourages people who think that they may have a claim to apply. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please contact your local Claims Conference office.
Under this program, eligible applicants receive monthly payments of €446, paid in quarterly installments.
Eligibility under the Article 2 Fund is limited to Jewish Nazi victims who were persecuted as Jews and who meet the following eligibility criteria:
* The German government and the Claims Conference have agreed that applications from Holocaust survivors who were in a concentration camp or a camp or labor battalion recognized by the German Ministry of Finance (see above), for a period of time less than 3 months, and do not receive an ongoing pension from the BEG, German Länderhärtefonds, Berlin PRVG, Austrian OpferfürsorgG, 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.
The Article 2 pension is available for all residents residing outside former communist-bloc countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Residents of either of these regions may be eligible for the Central and Eastern European Fund (“CEEF”).
The Article 2 pension is subject to income and asset limits set by the German government. The table below shows the current income limits and asset limits in USD, EUR, ILS, AUD and CAD. The limits for each currency are set by the German government according to a special exchange rate process, and do not necessarily reflect current exchange rates. For all other currencies not listed below, please see the Income and Asset Limits in Other Countries.
|Currency||Annual Income Limit||Asset Limit|
|US Dollar (USD)||$25,000||$500,000|
|Euro (EUR)||€ 21,079||€ 422,205|
|Israeli Shekel (ILS)||₪114,816||₪2,297,350|
|Australian Dollar (AUD)||$34,201||$685,130|
|Canadian Dollar (CAD)||$29,103||$583,010|
When calculating whether the income limit has been met, the following criteria apply:
Assets include, among other items, cash in the bank, the value of stocks and/or shares, any property the applicant owns, and the paid-up value of any life insurance policies. When calculating whether the asset limit has been met, the following criteria apply:
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.