Budapest – In a statement posted on its government website, Hungary is requesting that the monies it paid as compensation for Holocaust survivors be returned with interest, arguing that the Claims Conference has failed to provide accurate documentation of how the funds were used, the AFP reports (http://bit.ly/PAMI4A).Join our WhatsApp group
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“The US organisation Claims Conference… has not been able to show proper accounts of how the funds received from the Hungarian government were used.” Hungary alleges it has “requested on several occasions that Claims Conference open its accounts but since it failed to do so, the government has requested that the disputed money be reimbursed with interest.”
The Hungarian government agreed in December 2007 to pay $21 million (16.7 euros) in damages over a period of five years to Hungarian Holocaust survivors. The money was to be distributed by the Public Fund for Jewish Heritage in Hungary (Mazsok), and the Claims Conference was to manage payments to survivors living abroad. “In line with the deal, the Hungarian government transferred $12.6 million to Mazsok between 2007 and 2009, two thirds of which went to Claims Conference,” the statement said.
Hungary has already released the funds to Mazsok for the fourth-year payment, but is withholding the monies from the Claims Conference until the previous distribution reports are satisfactorily provided to them. Claims Conference documents do not state who received the compensation or if they were truly Holocaust survivors. The government intends to assign Mazsok to manage all payments to survivors, both domestic and international, going forward.
Approximately 600,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.