Negotiations

German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble, right, hosted a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the first compensation agreements with the Claims Conference in Berlin.
Through negotiations the Claims Conference was able to expand the Hardship Fund to all areas of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat joined the Claims Conference in 2008 as Special Negotiator.
The Claims Conference negotiating delegation, right, meets every year with German government officials to press a number of issues of concern to Jewish victims of Nazism.
Claims Conference Executive Vice President Greg Schneider, left, took German officials to visit Holocaust victims before negotiations.

Claims Conference Reaches $1 Billion Agreement with German Government for Survivor Homecare

May 28, 2013 – The Claims Conference has negotiated an agreement under which the German government has committed to provide approximately $1 billion over a four-year period for homecare for Jewish Holocaust victims, with the annual amount increasing every year through 2017.

The German government agreed, in its talks with the Claims Conference, to provide €205 million ($266 million) in 2015 – an increase of 45 percent over 2014; €210 million ($273 million) for 2016 and €215 million ($280 million) for 2017.  The previously agreed-upon amount for 2014 is approximately €142 million ($185 million), an increase of €12 million ($15 million) over 2013 funding.

Thus, taken together, this historic agreement is a commitment of €772 million or approximately $1 billion for homecare funding for 2014 through 2017. Read the full article.

Claims Conference Pension Amounts Equalized Following Negotiations with German Government

July 10, 2012 – Since the establishment of the Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF) in 1998, which issues pensions to certain Holocaust survivors living in the former Soviet bloc, the Claims Conference has been strongly advocating to the German government that its monthly payment should be the same as the Article 2 Fund. As of January 1, 2013, the monthly payments for CEEF will increase to €300, the same as Article 2. Read the full article.

Hardship Fund Expands to Former Soviet Union

July 9, 2012 – The Claims Conference is pleased to announce the expansion of the Hardship Fund to all areas of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This has been a long-sought goal of the Claims Conference in ongoing negotiations with the government of Germany, as it has sought a measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazism who have not yet received payment. Those eligible will be entitled to a one-time payment of €2,556. Read the full article.

Claims Conference Negotiates Pensions for Additional 16,000 Survivors

December 5, 2011 – Certain Holocaust survivors who have been denied German compensation pensions will now be eligible to receive them as a result of Claims Conference negotiations with the German government. Read the full article.

Ghetto Fund Update

November 28, 2011 – In negotiations with the Claims Conference, the German government has agreed to remove the application deadline for application to the Ghetto Work Fund, which provides a one-time payment of €2,000 to certain Jewish survivors of Nazi-era ghettos. Read the full article.