Approximately half a million Holocaust survivors remain alive, half of them living in Israel, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Most of the remainder live in the United States and former Soviet bloc countries.
The Claims Conference has been criticized by many for withholding money to tens of thousands of dollars from poor survivors while spending billions of dollars on Holocaust museums and other causes. "Open your pocketbooks now. Don't worry about monuments. You'll have plenty left for monuments when the survivors are gone," Florida resident and survivor Jack Rubin told The Associated Press. The Claims Conference says it distributes $120 million a year, with 80 percent going to survivors or to institutions that help them, including Yad VaShem.