Germany Agrees to Compensate Algerian Survivors of the Holocaust
In February 2018, approximately 25,000 Algerian Jews were recognized as Holocaust survivors by the German government. Jews who lived in Algeria between July 1940 and November 1942 under the French Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazis will be eligible for a one-time payment of $3,183. The amount is relatively small, though for elderly survivors it could be significant; however, it is a symbolically significant recognition of the persecution of Jews in Algeria.
“This is a long overdue recognition for a large group of Jews in Algeria who suffered anti-Jewish measures by Nazi allies like the Vichy Regime,” said Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany. “The Vichy government subjected these people to restrictions on education, political life, participation in civil society and employment, abolishing French citizenship and singling them out only because they were Jews.”
More information about the compensation fund, which will be administered by the Claims Conference, can be found here.
Sources: Conference on Material Claims Against Germany;
Stuart Winer, “In first, Germany to compensate 25,000 Algerian Jewish Holocaust survivors,” Times of Israel, (February 5, 2018).