Our MissionThe mission of the Claims Conference over its history has always been to secure what we consider a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. We have pursued this goal since 1951 through a combination of negotiations, disbursing funds to individuals and organizations, and seeking the return of Jewish property lost during the Holocaust.
Over its history, the Claims Conference has:
- Negotiated for compensation for injuries inflicted upon individual Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
- Negotiated for the return of and restitution for Jewish-owned properties and assets confiscated or destroyed by the Nazis.
- Obtained funds for the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution, and aided in rebuilding Jewish communities and institutions devastated by the Nazis.
- Administered individual compensation programs for Shoah survivors.
- Recovered unclaimed East German Jewish property and allocated the proceeds from their sale to institutions that provide social services to elderly, needy Nazi victims and that engage in Holocaust research, education, and documentation.
But our work is not yet complete. We continue to negotiate with representatives of Germany and Austria as well as with representatives of industry and banks. And the Claims Conference continues to administer compensation programs and distribute payments.
The Claims Conference is also addressing the needs of the aging population of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution through grants to organizations, primarily funded today by the sale of unclaimed Jewish property in the former East Germany. Over the decades, we have made great efforts to better serve Shoah survivors worldwide with Claims Conference funds. In the two decades after the war, the need for organized relief and rehabilitation of survivors, and for investment in community infrastructure, was met through Claims Conference allocations. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated toward bettering the lives of Nazi victims in 40 countries.
The Claims Conference remains painfully aware that the destruction of Jewish life during the Holocaust can never be made whole. However, we will continue to keep our focus on issues of concern to survivors and to the worldwide Jewish community.