Survivor Pension Program Application Deadline Announced

Serving Our Survivors (SOS), a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), has announced that the deadline to apply for a one-time Ghetto Fund payment of €2,000 from the German government is December 31, 2011. The pension program is limited to Holocaust survivors who worked in Nazi-controlled ghettos in World War II. Certain eligibility requirements must be met.

Ghetto Payments Amendment of 2011

Recent changes to German law now allow eligible Jewish survivors of ghettos who worked “without force” and for some form of remuneration to receive both German Social Security payments and a one-time payment of €2,000. Previously, eligible survivors were not entitled to receive both.

German government Social Security pensions, widely known as “Ghetto Pensions,” have been available since 2002 to Holocaust survivors who were employed for some form of wages during their internment in Nazi ghettos annexed to the Third Reich. The law, formally known by its German acronym of ZRBG, was enacted in June 2002.

The fund’s one-time payment of €2,000 was created to acknowledge ghetto survivors who had been rejected for German Social Security payments and it came as a response to intense international pressure spearheaded by the Claims Conference.

The one-time payment of €2,000 is known the “Ghetto Fund” and is administered by Germany’s BADV federal office.

For information on criteria and how to apply: http://www.claimscon.org/index.asp?url=badv

PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT CLAIMS CONFERENCE PROGRAMS. CLAIMANTS MUST APPLY TO THE RELEVANT GERMAN GOVERNMENT OFFICES LISTED ON THE CLAIMS CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

Mirella Schreiber, JFS SOS coordinator, is available to answer questions and provide information about the application process. Please contact her at (720) 248-4640 or mschreiber@jewishfamilyservice.org. The application and instructions are available on the JFS website.

About Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Founded in 1872, Jewish Family Service of Colorado is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder, helping seniors age in place, providing mental-health counseling to individuals and families in distress, offering training and placement services to those with barriers to employment, and providing crisis intervention and food to people in need. Every year, JFS benefits more than 20,000 people of all ages, faiths and incomes. For more information, call(303) 597-5000 or visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

About Jewish Family Service

Founded more than 150 years ago, we currently offer more than 30 programs and services, including food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support, and disability services. JFS takes a holistic approach, assessing the various needs of the individual or family and provides the appropriate services all from one organization. JFS serves everyone regardless of race, faith, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

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