(Washington, D.C.) Non-Jewish survivors living in the United States may be eligible for a one-time grant of $400 from the Swiss Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust. Beneficiaries must be Holocaust survivors and needy. The definition of “needy” is living at or below the poverty line. A person living solely on Social Security Benefits qualify. To qualify as a survivor of the Holocaust, a person must have spent at least one day in a concentration camp or extermination camp. Slave laborers qualify only if they had passed through one of these camp sites.
Applications and additional information can be obtained from the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation at the following address:
Swiss Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust
Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation
5711 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
Tel: (773) 763-9944
Because the funds are limited, priority is being given to persons born in 1921 or earlier. If sufficient funds remain, the next group that will be considered will be those born between January 1, 1922 and December 31, 1927. The decision whether a person receives any money remains with the Swiss Fund.