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from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany


The Emergency Assistance Programs for Nazi victims has been supported by funds from the Conference on Jewish Material Against Germany at the direction of the United States District Court supervising the lawsuit in Re: Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation (Swiss Banks and International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims).

Claims Conference Boosts Help for Greek Jews


Published June 27, 2012.

The Claims Conference will significantly increase its aid to Greece’s Jewish community in light of the country’s economic crisis and the recent rise of a neo-Nazi party.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which administers Holocaust reparations from Germany, said Tuesday it was increasing its assistance, giving $272,000 for 2012 to the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece for social services to Nazi victims. This is up from $86,000 in 2011.

Some 5,000 Jews live in Greece today. The prewar community of about 78,000, most of whom lived in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, was almost entirely wiped out in the Holocaust.

Among them are over 500 Holocaust survivors, who have seen their living conditions and social services deteriorate rapidly as the country struggles with the fifth year of a harsh recession.

Government pensions have been slashed, income from property rentals have fallen significantly and there have been steep tax hikes and price rises. At the same time state social services and medical assistance has been significantly reduced.

“Today’s economic crisis has made these survivors more vulnerable than ever, at a time in their lives when they most need aid,” Gregory Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference, wrote in a report on the new assistance.

“The Claims Conference is taking dramatic and immediate action to help ease their situation as much as possible and to prevent a crisis from becoming a catastrophe for this vulnerable population,” he said.

The Claims Conference also announced that following the rise of the Golden Dawn Party – a fascist party with a Nazi swastika-like flag and Holocaust-denying leader –it would also fund an educational program on anti-Semitism for the first time in Greece.

Running on a populist, anti-immigrant platform, Golden Dawn won 18 seats in Greece’s 300-member parliament in elections earlier this month.

An allocation of nearly $120,000 will go to the Jewish Museum of Greece, which is establishing a program on anti-Semitism that includes a traveling classroom version of the museum’s exhibit.

“For survivors in Greece, already grappling with the catastrophic consequences of the government austerity plan, the emergence of this party adds another dimension to the upheaval that has already made their old age more difficult,” Schneider wrote.

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Friday, 23 October 2015 10:39

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s strong protest for the unacceptable references to names of our coreligionists, made by the representative of the Greek pharmaceutical industry and president of VIANEX Dimitris Giannakopoulos, in the Greek Parliament, during the hearing of October 14, 2015, with Greece’s social sectors regarding the omnibus draft Bill.  In the same spirit the reproduction of these references by MP Nikos Nikolopoulos is equally worrisome.

We believe that the policy of defusing Jewish conspiracy theories aiming at promoting business –or other- interests is ignoble and opportunistic.


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