http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jew ... s-1.398074Germany approves one-time 2,000 Euro grant for ghetto survivors
Published 18:42 27.11.11
Holocaust survivors who worked in ghettoes will receive a one-time payment of 2,000 Euros from the German government, in addition to the regular monthly payment paid out from the German Ghetto Fund.
The decision follows negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government. Germany also cancels time restriction on filing claims with the Ghetto Fund.
The German government recently approved the easing of criteria for ghetto survivors to receive pensions from Germany’s social insurance. From now on, Jews who worked in ghettoes, even if not under conditions of “forced labor” will be eligible to receive payments from German social security, as well as, the one-time payment of 2,000 Euros.
“We want to make sure that all ghetto survivors eligible for compensation can apply for both payments,” said Rabbi Julius Berman, chairman of the Claims Conference. “This is recognition of the suffering and hardship experienced by Jews working during Nazi-era under unimaginable conditions.”
Holocaust survivors compensated for work done while in a Nazi ghetto annexed by the Third Reich, are eligible for German Social Security payments, by law, since 2002. This law is known by holocaust survivors by its German acronym ZRBG.
Up to now, local authorities have rejected most ghetto pension requests due to a strict reading of the law.
In 2007, the German government announced the establishment of a fund for the compensation of holocaust survivors, who were paid for their work in the ghettos.
In addition, the German government agreed to remove the time limit on applying for compensation from the claims committee that is responsible for the one-time payment. Still, the Claims Conference asks that ghetto survivors, who had yet to apply for compensation, do so immediately.
The German authorities are currently contacting potential claimants and informing them on the changes to the law. The Claims Conference is contacting organizations working with holocaust survivors in an effort to ensure that all potential claimants get a chance to apply for both the one-time grant and the monthly pension.
The German government will also review the 56,000 claims applications rejected in the past, planning to contact the applicants if the decision is overturned.
I wonder how many people are getting these monthly payments.