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Claims Conference

The mission of the Claims Conference over its 50-year history has always been to secure what they consider a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The Claims Conference has pursued this goal since 1951 through a combination of negotiations, disbursing funds to individuals and organizations, and seeking the return of Jewish property lost during the Holocaust.

Over the past five decades, the Claims Conference has:

  • Negotiated for compensation for injuries inflicted upon individual Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Negotiated for the return of and restitution for Jewish-owned properties and assets confiscated or destroyed by the Nazis.
  • Obtained funds for the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, and aided in rebuilding Jewish communities and institutions devastated by the Nazis.
  • Administered individual compensation programs for Shoah survivors.
  • Recovered unclaimed East German Jewish property and allocated the proceeds from their sale to institutions that provide social services to elderly, needy Nazi victims and that engage in Holocaust research, education, and documentation.

As a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference since 1952, the German government has paid more than $60 billion in indemnification for suffering and losses resulting from Nazi persecution. Claims Conference negotiations have also resulted in the creation of funds from German and Austrian industry, as well as the Austrian government.

The Claims Conference continues to negotiate with representatives of Germany and Austria as well as with representatives of industry and banks.  The Claims Conference also continues to administer compensation programs and distribute payments.

The Claims Conference is addressing the needs of the aging population of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution through grants to organizations, primarily funded today by the sale of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany. Over the decades, it has made great efforts to better serve Shoah survivors worldwide with Claims Conference funds. In the two decades after the war, the need for organized relief and rehabilitation of survivors, and for investment in community infrastructure, was met through Claims Conference allocations. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated toward bettering the lives of Nazi victims in 40 countries.

Today, the Claims Conference also administers allocations from the German Foundation and the Swiss Banks Settlement.