Ghetto Work Compensation Fund Announced by Germany

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September 20, 2007


New Claims Conference Information Notice for Applicants

Links to German government applications:

English Application form

Antragsformular für die Anerkennungsleistung Ghettoarbeit

Links to Information Forms Issued by the German Government Regarding the Ghetto Fund

Ghetto Fund Information – English | Ghetto Fund Information – German | Ghetto Fund Information – French | Ghetto Fund Information – Spanish | Ghetto Fund Information – Russian

The German government announced on September 19, 2007 the establishment of a new fund to pay symbolic compensation for voluntary work in Holocaust-era ghettos.

The fund will issue one-time payments of €2,000 to Holocaust survivors who performed voluntary work in ghettos subject to criteria of the German government. The German government expects that 50,000 survivors will be eligible for payment.

In recent years, the Claims Conference has been pressing intensively the issue of the high rejection rate of cases filed under the German government’s social security Ghetto Pension Law (ZRBG).

The Claims Conference believes that the present response of Chancellor Merkel to create a special fund to make payments to Holocaust survivors who worked in Nazi ghettos is a positive step. It is important that, notwithstanding the establishment of this new fund, Holocaust survivors will continue to be able to pursue individual claims under the Ghetto pension law and that the existing rights of survivors will remain unaffected under the announced fund.

The Claims Conference believes that the maximum individual payment of €2,000 is not sufficient to compensate for the work carried out in a ghetto and that the criteria as currently proposed are unclear and are too restrictive. The Claims Conference hopes that they will be clarified and revised.

The Claims Conference will also continue to make all possible efforts to secure a more liberal application of the existing social security Ghetto pension law following recent German court decisions in favor of applicants.

Applicants may also write to BADV, 53221 Bonn, Germany. The telephone is +49(0)22899 7030-1324.

The Claims Conference is not involved in the administration, implementation or processing of Social Insurance pensions for the German government or its Social Security institutions or payments from this newly established fund.

The information presented herein is intended for information purposes only and solely as a general guide. It is a summary of specific issues and does not represent a definitive or complete statement of the programs and policies of the agencies mentioned. To the best of our knowledge the information is correct as of the date of this document and this information may change subsequent to the said date: March 7, 2008.