Ahead of Annual Claims Conference Negotiations, Ros-Lehtinen Urges Germany to Guarantee Full Funding for All Holocaust Survivors’ Needs

Jul 6, 2017

Ahead of Annual Claims Conference Negotiations, Ros-Lehtinen Urges Germany to Guarantee Full Funding for All Holocaust Survivors’ Needs

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement ahead of the annual negotiations between the government of Germany and the Claims Conference. In years past, agreements have locked in the levels of assistance from Germany to survivors for the following year at a rate that has been less than the actual medical, mental health and long-term care needs of survivors, forcing survivors to endure what little time they have left without the full care they desperately need.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Last fall, both the House and the Senate unanimously agreed that Germany must do more to ensure that all Holocaust survivors can live their remaining years in the comfort and dignity that they deserve.  We urged our partners, Germany, to reaffirm its commitment to comprehensively address the medical, mental health, and long-term care needs of survivors by guaranteeing full funding to meet those needs. Now Germany has an opportunity to step up when it concludes its upcoming negotiations with the Claims Conference, and the Claims Conference leaders must recognize that Germany can do more for survivors. Those leaders at the Claims Conference must not accept anything less than a comprehensive, permanent, and accountable commitment to fully fund survivors’ medically prescribed needs.  Allowing once again for a modest increase when so much more is needed is not consistent with Germany’s past statements of responsibility, would defeat the purpose of the Claims Conference,  and would tragically force tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors to continue to suffer when we all know the resources exist to provide the care and dignity that survivors worldwide  deserve.  I urge the Claims Conference and the German government to do the right thing and not settle for anything less than what is really and truly needed.”