The Hardship 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 a one-time payment of 2,556.46 EUR.
Eligibility under the Hardship Fund is limited to Jewish Nazi victims who were persecuted as Jews and who meet the following eligibility criteria:
If you receive/d payment from one of the following programs, you are NOT eligible for a Hardship Fund payment:
Important note: As part of the global agreements reached between the Federal Republic of Germany and 11 separate Western European governments, the German government made payments to those Western European governments as compensation for Nazi era wrongs suffered by its citizens. Some of these Western European governments made payments to certain Nazi victims with these funds. Recipients of such compensation payments may be ineligible for a Hardship Fund payment. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility and your previous compensation, please contact us.
Important note: The German Government has recently restated that Jewish Nazi victims cannot receive a Hardship Fund payment if they were part of an organized evacuation. However the German Government clarified that this restriction only applies to claimants who were the subject of an evacuation order. If you were part of an organized evacuation and were under 18 years of age at the time of evacuation and have not received any payment from the German Government, you may be eligible for a payment from the Hardship Fund.