The conservative, environmentally conscious Austrian government decided this Wednesday that for the following year the last survivors of the Holocaust will be in Austria You will receive an additional compensation payment of approximately 5,000 euros, which would be equivalent to 91,081 Mexican pesos.
In addition, others 350 people People living abroad and also Austrian survivors of the Holocaust receive help in case of need, from a Special Assistance Fund which will be increased from 1.5 to 3 million euros, which in Mexican pesos would be 54,753.
“This support is essential,” emphasized the Minister of Social Affairs. John Rauch at a press conference in Vienna.
In relation to this aid, it amounts to between 4,000 (72,000,857 Mexican pesos) and 6,000 euros (109,000,283 Mexican pesos) per person. Austrian Finance Minister Magnus Brunner added that its leadership is very aware of its financial responsibility towards the company Victims of National Socialism.
Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany in March 1938, which was enthusiastically received by a significant part of the local population, who then took an active part in the deportation and murder of Austria Austrian Jews and Europeans.
At least 65,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Austria
Of the estimated 200,000 Jews who lived in Austria up to that point Second World War Mainly in Vienna, around 130,000 managed to escape in time, a few thousand survived hiding in the country, while around 65,000 were murdered by the Nazis.
Today there are still a few hundred Holocaust survivors in Austria, whose government is trying to support and support the local Jewish community, some of which also belong to it 10,000 people.
Importance of approved aid
The President of the Jewish Community of Vienna, Oskar German, He emphasized the importance of the aid approved today, which he described as another important step on Austria’s path to seriously addressing its historical responsibilities.
The Austrian Parliament plans to adopt a draft in the coming weeks Cultural heritage law to preserve Jewish life in the country, for which the state will increase its aid to the Jewish community from 4 (72,857 Mexican pesos) to 7 million euros (127,495 Mexican pesos) annually.
Rauch said he expected broad approval in the camera because the fight against anti-Semitism must not remain just talk.