Julius Berman, President of the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) on Monday announced a newly recognized group of Jewish Holocaust survivors entitled to compensation from the German government: Jews who resided in Algeria between July 1940 and November 1942, and suffered from Nazi persecution.
Survivors from this group are eligible for a one-time payment of €2,556.46 ($3,167) through the Claims Conference Hardship Fund.
“This is a long overdue recognition for a large group of Jews in Algeria who suffered anti-Jewish measures by Nazi allies like the Vichy Regime,” said Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference. “The Vichy government subjected these people to restrictions on education, political life, participation in civil society and employment, abolishing French citizenship and singling them out only because they were Jews.”
It is estimated that there are approximately 25,000 Algerian Jewish Holocaust survivors living around the world, bringing the cost of the Algerian Holocaust to the Germans to $79 million, or a little less than one dollar per German. The Claims Conference is opening a Registration Help Center in Paris, where the largest group of Algerian survivors resides, to help survivors apply for the newly identified compensation through the Hardship Fund. Registration Center visits will be by appointment only, services are free to all survivors, and no legal representation is required.
The Registration Center is expected to stay open through April 2018. Satellite centers in other cities such as Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse will be opened throughout that time to assist survivors that may not be able to get to the registration center in Paris. A direct mail will be sent out to known Algerian survivors in other countries informing them of the changes in their eligibility. Payments to those determined to be eligible will start in July 2018.
“Our goal is to help survivors with the registration, a process which is completely free of charge,” said Ruediger Mahlo, Claims Conference Representative in Germany. “This payment is a small measure of the justice these survivors deserve, but the recognition is important and we will continue to fight until every survivor has been recognized.”