Benefit program for Holocaust survivors launched in Serbia

An international Jewish group says a new program has been launched in Serbia that will provide direct funds to Serbian Holocaust survivors all over the world.

The World Jewish Restitution Organization said Tuesday the program results from laws passed last year allowing for the restitution of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.

The new program will set aside part of the funds received through the restitution laws as direct payments to the Serbian Holocaust survivors.

The group adds that letters are being sent to 1,000 former Serbian Holocaust survivors in 27 countries throughout the world, including Serbia. The survivors can apply by the end of July.

Tens of thousands of Serbian Jews perished during World War II Nazi occupation. Some 3,000 Jews live in Serbia today.