Direct compensation payments are made from the Article 2 Fund and the Hardship Fund. The Claims Conference negotiates on an ongoing basis with the German government to include additional Nazi victims in compensation programs, increase payments, and provide increased funds for social services.
Grants to Organizations That Assist Survivors
With Claims Conference support, the Jewish Community of Stockholm operates a “Support for the Homebound” program, which provides homecare and home services for Nazi victims, including support for activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, going outdoors, and attending medical appointments. Due to cutbacks in the program sponsored by the Stockholm municipality, the demand for homecare from elderly Nazi victims has increased recently. The Claims Conference also funds the Community’s counseling/social work program, providing psychological support and outreach to Nazi victims. Through this program, social workers assist Nazi victims in crisis situations and help them cope with past traumatic incidents, survivors’ guilt, and aging, as well as leading discussion groups and support sessions. The Claims Conference also allocates funds for emergency financial assistance to Nazi victims.
The Association of Holocaust Survivors in Sweden organizes two major Café Europa events per year, an annual meeting, and a Chanukah gathering.
The Jewish Community of Malmo provides 50 Nazi victims with homecare, case management, and meals on wheels. In addition, a weekly lunch for Nazi victims is organized at the Jewish community building.
In 2009, the Claims Conference began allocating funds to the Jewish Community of Gothenburg for an emergency financial assistance program for Nazi victims. In 2011, the Claims Conference allocated additional funds to the agency to provide homecare for Nazi victims.