Professionals who work with Holocaust victims and their families are well aware of the emotional and physical scars this elderly population carries, and the challenges mental health, medical and social work professionals face in working sensitively and properly with this unique population. To meet this pressing need, the Claims Conference has created a journal for professionals who care for aging Holocaust survivors and their families. Kavod-Honoring Aging Survivors: A Professional Journal for Care Providers and Families has become a forum for scholarly and informative material compiled to directly assist care providers of Holocaust Survivors, including family members. We welcome your comments on the articles.
The Kavod Editorial Advisory Board is charged with peer review of articles and other tasks to assure that the journal is a useful tool for its intended audience. We at the Claims Conference and members of the Editorial Advisory Committee hope to create an educational discourse on important topics facing the survivor population and those who care for them.
We welcome your comments and inquiries, which should be directed to Kavod@claimscon.org.
The Claims Conference
For 60 years the Claims Conference has pursued a mission to secure a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. We have worked toward this goal since 1951 through a combination of negotiations, funding disbursements to individuals and organizations, and by seeking the return of Jewish property lost during the Holocaust.
As a result of negotiations with the Claims Conference since 1952, the German government has paid more than $60 billion in indemnification for suffering and losses resulting from Nazi persecution. Claims Conference negotiations have also achieved the creation of funds from German and Austrian industry, as well as the Austrian government.
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 needs for organized relief and rehabilitation of survivors, and for investment in community infrastructure, were met through Claims Conference allocations. For the last 15 years the Claims Conference has focused the majority of its funding on providing services to help elderly Shoah survivors remain independent, living in their own homes for as long as possible. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated toward improving the lives of Nazi victims in 46 countries.