The German government has agreed to increase aid to Holocaust survivors over the next three years.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (the Claims Conference), announced today that they had negotiated an agreement with the government to secure substantial increases in home care funding for poor Holocaust survivors worldwide.
If the Nazis had had their way, the Franco-Australian film-maker/painter Philippe Mora, like so many Jews, would never have been born. His mother, Mirka, her two siblings and his grandmother were arrested in Paris during the Roundup (Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv), in 1942, and sent to a transit camp in Pithiviers, from where they'd expected to be transported to Auschwitz.
Amsterdam's City Council has agreed to pay the local Jewish community £8 million as compensation for forcing returning Holocaust survivors to pay property taxes that they had incurred while in death camps and in exile around Europe.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made the announcement at the opening of a new Holocaust museum in the city last week.
My former boss Tamarah Benima, then editor-in-chief of the Dutch Jewish weekly, once taught me something about grief and the importance of objects. We were discussing a news item about some small pieces of jewellery that had been stolen from Jews during the Second World War. Now they were being returned to their descendants. "It's not about the value of a necklace, or its beauty," she said.