(JTA) — Andre Nathan was one of the very first survivors to apply for a hardship grant following Germany’s decision this week to compensate Jews who suffered persecution in the French colony of Algeria during Second World War.
Now 77 years old, Nathan arrived Tuesday at the Paris office opened by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to take applications. Nathan was born in 1941, a year after the Vichy government revoked the French citizenship of Algerian Jews. The Nazi-allied government imposed laws banning Jews from working as doctors, lawyers, civil servants and journalists, and expelling them from schools.
Sunday’s announcement means that as many as 25,000 now elderly Jews who suffered under Vichy’s anti-Semitic laws between 1940 and 1942 are eligible for a one-time hardship grant and additional services like food vouchers and in-home care. Each survivor approved will receive 2,556 euros, the equivalent of approximately $3,100 US, or 5,000 Deutschmarks, a sum the Claims Conference negotiated with the German government in 1980. The money will be distributed beginning in July. [Read more…]