Germany will pay Holocaust survivors over $1.4 billion next year, in 2024, which will go toward one-time payments for the survivors and welfare programs. “Being able to ensure direct payments to survivors in addition to the expansions to the social welfare services we are able to fund is essential in making sure every Holocaust survivor is taken care of for as long as it is required, addressing each individual need,” said Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference. The Hardship Fund was initially created to offer one-time payments to Holocaust survivors. During COVID-19, however, negotiations led to three more supplemental payments to those who are eligible. Germany has now agreed to extend the payment again, and the fund is expected to wrap up in 2027.

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