Washington, D.C. – This past Sunday marked the launch of a joint U.S.-France compensation program for Holocaust victims deported from Nazi-occupied France. The bilateral agreement, signed in December 2014, provides up to $60 million for deportees from the U.S. and around the world who were previously unable to access the French pension program established in 1946.
William C. Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington Office for Jewish Federations, stated,
“Jewish Federations applaud the launch of the joint U.S.-France compensation fund for Holocaust deportees from Nazi-occupied France. Access to funds provides a measure of acknowledgment of the past and will be helpful to those eligible Holocaust survivors who struggle to pay for basic needs. We must do all we can to help Holocaust survivors age with dignity. We commend the U.S. and French governments for their leadership in reaching this agreement.”
The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).