Holocaust Survivors to Begin Getting Payments

From Times Wire Reports

About 3,000 people have been cleared to receive the first payments from an Austrian fund to compensate Holocaust survivors, and an additional 3,000 should be approved shortly, the fund’s chief overseer said.

Hannah Lessing, general secretary of the General Settlement Fund, said fund officials hope to have processed all 19,300 survivors’ claims by the end of 2006.

Austria created the $210-million fund in 2001 to compensate people stripped of businesses, property, bank accounts and insurance policies under the Third Reich.