German government approves payment for ex-forced laborers in Nazi ghettos

Survivors who were forced to work in Jewish ghettos established by the Nazis and who have not received any compensation can apply for a one-time €2,000 (US$2,770) payment, the German government decided Wednesday. "The government wants to make sure that today's decision provides a fast and unbureaucratic solution," government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said. While many victims of the Nazis' forced labor program received compensation through a German slave labor fund that ended payments at the end of last year, an estimated 50,000 who were forced to work in ghettos established by the Nazis, most notoriously in occupied territories such as Poland, did not qualify. They have not yet received any financial compensation for their labor.