Hungary Plans 50% Hike in Holocaust Pensions

Reuters Via the Forward Reports: Hungary reportedly intends to raise pensions to Holocaust survivors by 50 percent in 2013, the 70th anniversary of the extermination of Hungarian Jewry.

The increase in pensions will affect about 8,000 Holocaust survivors, who can expect to see more money as early as Jan. 1, according to the news site Hungary Around the Clock. Another 50 percent increase above the payments distributed in 2012 is planned for Jan. 1, 2014.

The report also said that the Hungarian cabinet will form a national Holocaust 2014 Memorial Commission to be run by Janos Lazar, the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office. Hungarian and German Nazi troops deported some 400,000 Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz in 1944.

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