Social welfare Database

The Social Welfare Database project was launched in 2014. The database catalogues national social policies, legislation, and sources of financial support as they pertain to social welfare available to victims of Nazi persecution. This includes social welfare programs that are available to the national population generally, as well as programs targeted specifically to Holocaust survivors. The database aimed to collect relevant data from all 47 Terezin Declaration countries through direct collaboration with governments. The survey was led by Prof. Lyle Scruggs of the University of Connecticut in the United States, who was working with a team of international experts.

The database is based on survey detailing specific provisions of policies particularly relevant to the current population of survivors and other victims across Terezin Declaration countries.

The survey was focused on:

  • social insurance pensions and social assistance for those of advanced age;
  • the cost, access and coverage provisions surrounding health care benefits
  • long-­‐term care at home and in institutions
  • national programs granting targeted benefits for Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution

The purpose of this project was to compile a searchable, publicly accessible dataset detailing national social policy provisions applicable to Holocaust survivors and other victims of Nazi persecution. This includes social protections available to residents in the country (such as public old age pensions), as well as policies that may be targeted specifically at victims of Nazi persecution. The information contained in the dataset is to assist governments and other organizations in identifying best practices and creating policies to help survivors of Nazi persecution live lives in dignity.

Out of 47 Terezin Declaration countries 30 governments submitted formal responses. Governmental surveys were supplemented with information from a variety of national and international sources. The combined surveys were circulated to national governments for comments before the final database was made public. Much of the information is presented in an on-line visualization tool that allows individual users to create their own maps and reports from the database.

The database has been officially launched at the International Conference on Social Welfare for Victims of Nazism, which was held in Prague on May 26-27, 2015.