Services for Holocaust Survivors

The mission of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) has always been, over its history, to secure what is considered a small measure of justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. Claims Conference continues to negotiate with representatives of Germany and Austria to administer compensation programs and distribute payments to agencies that serve Holocaust survivors and directly to survivors themselves.

Jewish Family Service Calgary Claims Conference Department provides assistance to eligible Holocaust Survivors to apply for different types of compensation, emergency financial assistance and home care programs. As a holistic agency we are dedicated to helping our aging clients with their unique needs in living independently to the best of their ability for as long as possible. We treat each individual with respect and dignity with a focus on the whole person and their quality of life. Case Managers engage with survivors in order to identify how to best help to their needs. If we cannot meet a client’s needs, information and advocacy are provided and referrals are made to other agencies that are better equipped to do so. Clients may be met in their home or the JFSC office and services are provided in the language most comfortable for the client.

A Holocaust survivor is considered a person who suffered persecution due to his Jewish nationality, lived in a Ghetto, survived a concentration camp and/or who had to flee or evacuate from the place of persecution. It is interesting that even after many years of work we still encounter survivors that never applied for any German compensation. We are honoured to help them to apply for compensations that are provided by the German government and support the complex application process that often brings back many horrific memories.

Emergency financial assistance is another form of compensation from Claims Conference. It serves to pay for medication, food and other special needs of the survivors. Although there are eligibility criteria, many survivors receive this help today.

In the last few years, JFSC has established a home care program that helps survivors to stay independent in their homes for as long as possible. 

If you or someone you know is a Holocaust survivor, you may be eligible for all or some of these programs. For further details and eligibility criteria, please contact us at 403.287.3510 or email  

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