Romanian Emergency Assistance Fund

Auschwitz Romanian Holocaust victims

Photo: Yad Vashem

The Claims Conference recently announced the availability of funds from the Caritatea Foundation in Romania to be distributed to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution of Romanian origin.

These funds are from the restitution of communal properties wrongfully taken from Jewish communities of Romania during and after World War II.

The Caritatea Foundation was created by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania and the World Jewish Restitution Organization.

The Claims Conference is administering the distribution process on behalf of the Caritatea Foundation.  The amount available is USD 1,300,000, which will be distributed equally among approved applicants.  The one-time payment is expected to be a few hundred U.S. dollars, though the exact amount cannot be calculated until the number of approved applicants has been determined.

Completed applications must be received by the Claims Conference in New York by November 15, 2018.

This program is for Jewish Nazi victims of Romanian origin currently living outside of Romania and Israel.  Heirs are not eligible for this program.

Applicants must meet all of the following three criteria:

1) Must have been persecuted as a Jewish victim of Nazi persecution

2) Must have resided in one of the areas listed below sometime between 1937 and 1944:

a) Within the modern borders of Romania (including Northern Transylvania)
b) Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia
c) Southern Dobruja
d) Transnistria

Must have annual individual income below the following level in current country of residence:

Country Individual Income   Country Individual Income
Argentina USD 13,000 Italy EUR 16,000
Armenia EUR 6,350 Kazakhstan USD 6,000
Australia AUD 22,542 Kyrgyzstan USD 6,000
Austria EUR 16,000 Latvia EUR 6,350
Azerbaijan USD 6,000 Lithuania EUR 6,350
Belarus USD 6,000 Mexico USD 13,000
Belgium EUR 16,000 Moldova USD 6,000
Bolivia USD 13,000 Netherlands EUR 16,000
Bosnia-Herzegovina EUR 6,350 New Zealand NZD 40,000
Brazil USD 13,000 Poland EUR 6,350
Bulgaria EUR 6,350 Russia USD 8,400
Canada CAD 33,084 Serbia EUR 6,350
Chile USD 13,000 Slovakia EUR 6,350
Croatia EUR 6,350 Sweden SEK 150,872
Czech Republic EUR 6,350 Switzerland CHF 38,346
Denmark DKK 119,632 Tunisia USD 4,500
Estonia EUR 6,350 Turkey EUR 6,350
France EUR 16,000 Ukraine USD 6,000
Georgia USD 6,000 United Kingdom GBP 13,400
Germany EUR 16,000 United States USD 24,120
Greece EUR 16,000 Uruguay USD 13,000
Hungary EUR 6,350 Uzbekistan USD 6,000
Ireland EUR 16,000 Venezuela USD 13,000

If your income is above the limit but insufficient to meet your most basic monthly living expenses, you may still be eligible.  If you live in a country not listed above, please call the Claims Conference for guidance.

A link to the Romanian Survivor Relief Program Application will be posted on this page by the end of May.

There is no fee for this application or for assistance from the Claims Conference.

Please call the Claims Conference in New York +1 646 536 9100
or Frankfurt +49 69 970 7010 with any questions.

Completed applications for the Romanian Survivor Relief Program must be received at the following address by November 15, 2018.  Late applications cannot be processed.

PO Box 1215
New York, New York 10113 USA

If you have never filed an application with the Claims Conference for any other compensation programs, you will be required to complete a more extensive application prior to being considered for this Romanian Survivor Relief Program.  If this is your situation, please call the Claims Conference for guidance.

Support was provided by the Caritatea Foundation, a foundation created by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania and the World Jewish Restitution Organization.