Ongoing layoffs at the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany’s Tel Aviv office may be affecting how the restitution body services its clients, according to internal correspondence seen by The Jerusalem Post.
The New York-based conference is the primary Jewish communal interlocutor with Germany for Holocaust reparation issues, disbursing hundreds of millions of dollars to survivors worldwide every year. It employs over 180 staff members in Israel.
As the worldwide population of Holocaust survivors dwindles, the conference has begun cutting back on staff, with plans to let go of 41 employees this month. A further 39 layoffs are planned for September and 52 in December.