Luxembourg to pay one million euros in Holocaust reparations

The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) announced on Monday that its Claims Conference has begun distributing EUR 1,000,000 from the Luxembourg Fund to Holocaust survivors currently living in Luxembourg or living there during the Nazi occupation.

Each recipient will be awarded an initial payment of 5,000 EUR at the end of November and the second payment in March 2022. Those eligible will be selected from those who request the refund before the extended deadline of January 31, 2022.

The repairs come after the Luxembourg government signed an agreement with members of its Jewish community, as well as the WJRO and the Luxembourg Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. of 2021.

In addition to ensuring restitution for survivors of the Luxembourg Holocaust, the agreement allocates resources for Holocaust education, commemoration and research.

“We are pleased that survivors will soon receive their first payments,” said Gideon Taylor, president of WJRO operations. “We also urge anyone who may be eligible for the program to apply by January 31, 2022, the extended deadline. All survivors will receive equal payments regardless of the date they submit their application. These funds provide a small measure of justice and they will help the survivors to live their lives with the dignity they deserve ”.

DEPORTATION OF Jews from Hollerich, Luxembourg, by local police, 1942 (credit: EUROJEWCONG)

Laurent Moyse, Acting President of the Luxembourg Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah, added that payments are especially important as Holocaust survivors age and demonstrate Luxembourg’s commitment to their well-being.

The announcement of the payments was gratefully received by Holocaust survivors.

“I was born in Luxembourg. When the war started, we left for southern France, where the Nazis captured my parents,” said 82-year-old Haya Nevo. “A Christian family brought me to live while my brother was taken to a hidden camp for children in the mountains. My parents were exiled to Auschwitz never to return. We moved to Israel in 1949 with our grandmother. We built our lives in Israel. Although we are not starving for bread, we are pleased and grateful for the decision of the Luxembourg government. As the saying goes ‘better late than never’ “.

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