Hungary demands a refund of state support paid to the Claims Conference, an organisation representing world Jewry in negotiating for compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution, the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice told MTI on Monday.
The Claims Conference was commissioned in 2007 to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors of Hungarian descent living abroad, but it has failed to give detailed accounts of how the money has been spent, said the ministry. Government commissioner Levente Andras Gal informed the embassies of the US and Israel about this on Monday, it added.
In recent months, Gal has repeatedly called on the organisation to give an account of its spending – the last time was on June 24, and the 60-day deadline has now expired, the ministry said.
The Claims Conference is expected to refund the money, plus interest, and Gal will propose that compensation for all Hungarian Holocaust survivors should be handled in the future by the government-founded Jewish Heritage of Hungary Public Endowment (MAZSOK).