Warsaw Ghetto monument Poland 311 (R).
(photo credit: Agencja Gazeta/Reuters)
Recipients of Germany’s “ghetto pensions” will not receive retroactive payments
from 1997, a German court decided on Tuesday.
The German Social Court
ruled that those forcibly held in ghettos during World War II could not receive
more than four years of retroactive pay, the maximum in the country’s social
Jewish groups hoped survivors that joined the
pension program in 2010 would be able to receive 13 years of retroactive
“Ghetto survivors endured the most horrific conditions
possible while laboring just to stay alive,” said Julius Berman, the chairman of
the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, better known as the
“In their old age, these additional payments could
help bring them the security and recognition that they were denied so many
decades ago. We appeal to the German government and to the German Bundestag to
look for a political solution.”