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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial support to more than 600 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program.



The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) provides monthly financial assistance to some 600 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles living in 20 countries. The majority of the rescuers receiving financial support live in Eastern Europe, with Poland having the largest number of rescuers.


The Foundation began by supporting eight rescuers in the late 1980s. In 2013 the JFR distributed approximately $1.7 million in direct support of Righteous Gentiles. The number of rescuers receiving monthly assistance from the Foundation grew over the years to a high of 1,800 in 2003.  In 2014, the JFR expects to distribute approximately $1.7 million to Righteous Gentiles.

Rescuers receive awards in U.S. dollars three times during the year. The calculation of the award is based on a monthly stipend, with each award covering a period of four months. Rescuers use the funds to cover the costs of food, home heating fuel, medical care, medication, and emergency needs. The JFR also awards a small grant, upon request, to help defray funeral expenses. Depending on availability of funds, the Foundation also provides one-time grants for the purchase of food during the Christmas holiday season to rescuers living in Poland and other Eastern European countries.

The Foundation remains committed to supporting these rescuers throughout the remainder of their lives.  Over the past twenty years, the Foundation has awarded more than $34 million to these aging heroes.

The JFR currently provides monthly financial assistance to some 600 aged and needy rescuers living in the countries listed on the left.


Country Rescuers
Albania 5
Australia 2
Belarus 32
Canada 4
Croatia 1
Czech Republic 2
Germany 2
Greece 1
Hungary 20
Latvia 2
Lithuania 52
Moldova 3
Poland 310
Romania 4
Russia 12
Serbia 3
Slovakia 13
Sweden 1
Ukraine 121
United States 9




As of  October 1, 2014





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