Hungary Holocaust survivors to receive compensation

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Jewish organization says survivors of the Nazi occupation of Budapest will each get a compensation payment of $2,900.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany says it has reached an agreement with the German government to distribute as much as $19 million to about 6,500 Holocaust survivors who are still living in Eastern Europe and who have not received payments so far.

Tuesday’s statement from the Claims Conference says that Jews who were persecuted in Budapest between March 1944 and January 1945 and meet other requirements are eligible for compensation.

The deadline for applying for the payment is Aug. 9, 2009.

Around 550,000 Hungarian Jews and 50,000 Gypsies were killed in the Holocaust.