Germany to Establish Fund for Child Survivors of the Holocaust

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Concentration camp survivor Michael Urich walks along the tracks of Grunewald train station from where the Jews of Berlin were sent to Auschwitz, on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2011 in Berlin, Germany.Credit: AP

A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has reached an agreement with the German government for additional financial assistance for child survivors of the Holocaust.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany says the Finance Ministry agreed late Wednesday to one-time payments of 2,500 euros ($3,280) for Jewish children who were in concentration camps, ghettos or in hiding for at least six months. About 75 thousand survivors will be entitled to the compensation.

Today all elderly, such victims of the Nazis are still suffering the effects of childhood malnutrition and psychological trauma.

It was not immediately clear how many victims would qualify for the payments and the Finance Ministry had no immediate comment Thursday.

The agreement comes as part of annual negotiations on who should receive funds. It still needs German parliamentary approval.

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