National Fund to Provide Additional Financial Support to Holocaust Survivors from Austria in Israel
At its meeting last Thursday, the Board of Trustees of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism unanimously resolved to provide 150,000 euros in emergency aid to Holocaust survivors from Austria in Israel. This will go directly to the Central Committee of Jews from Austria in Israel, which currently looks after around 400 former Nazi persecutees from Austria and provides financial assistance to those living in difficult circumstances.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Fund, National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka, emphasised that the terrible atrocities carried out in the terrorist attack on Israel had evoked the horrors of the Shoah again for the victims of National Socialism. It was important to provide rapid assistance and to support Austrian Holocaust survivors on the ground.
In the current situation, the Central Committee is providing the Nazi survivors with day-to-day assistance, for example by delivering food and medical supplies, as they can barely leave their homes or do their shopping. In addition, social workers are being dispatched to provide psychosocial care and support, helping to maintain contact.
The Board of Trustees of the National Fund includes the Presidents of the National Council, members of the Federal Government and of all parties represented in Parliament, as well as representatives from Nazi victim organisations.