History of Allocations

The major Claims Conference programs of the Institutional Allocations Programs from 1981 to 2003 were as follows:

The Claims Conference Successor Organization (1995-2003) derives its funds from the proceeds of the sale of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany. Funds are distributed to institutions and organizations that shelter and provide essential social services for elderly, needy Nazi victims.Support is also given to projects for the research, education and documentation of the Shoah to ensure the broad dissemination of its lessons.

A humanitarian fund (2001-2002) for essential social services for elderly needy Nazi victims was established as part of the negotiations that led to the creation of the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future.” This fund is administered by the Claims Conference.

The German Government Funds (1981-1994) consisted of funds that the German government committed to the Claims Conference for institutional grants in conjunction with the funding of compensation programs for individuals that the Claims Conference administers. These funds were granted to institutions that shelter or provided social care to elderly Nazi victims including old age homes, psychiatric institutions, and social welfare agencies.

The Volkswagen Fund (1992-2002) provided funds to the Claims Conference to use for grants to institutions in Israel that provide shelter or social care for elderly victims of Nazi persecution and forced labor.

The Daimler-Benz Fund (1988-1997) consisted of funds provided by Daimler-Benz to the Claims Conference. The funds were used for grants to Jewish institutions that provide shelter or home care to aged and infirm Jewish inmates of concentration camps, forced labor camps or ghettos established during the reign of the Third Reich.

The Austrian Government Fund (1991-2003) is a fund that the Austrian government provided to the Committee for Jewish Claims on Austria (Claims Conference), to be used for institutional projects that benefit aged Jewish victims of Nazi persecution from Austria.

Of the total of $745,126,078 allocated from these sources, $401,984,268 was allocated to programs in Israel, $92,404,042 to programs in the United States and $194,499,684 to programs in the Former Soviet Union. The remainder was allocated in other countries.

More complete details on these and other programs can be found in “Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, An Overview of Allocations 1952-1999.”