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Holocaust victims to get German pensions

2011-12-05 22:30

New York - Germany has agreed to pay pensions to about 16 000 Holocaust victims worldwide who survived wartime ghettos or were forced to hide from Nazi persecution.

The agreement between the New York-based Claims Conference and the German government was announced on Monday.

Conference official Greg Schneider tells The Associated Press that it took a year of "hard-fought negotiations" with German officials to reach the humanitarian deal.

A total of about 65 000 Holocaust survivors will now receive compensatory pensions for their suffering.

Survivors are invited to apply, including those who lived in the ghetto in Budapest, Hungary, for the three months it existed. Previously, a survivor had to have lived under such duress for at least 18 months to receive a pension.


Comments
  • Fidel - 2011-12-06 09:59

    It's just amazing, that there are Holocaust survivors struggling after all the millions paid by Germany. To me it seems that the Germans are suppose to have a permanent bad conscience about what happened in the past and this is just wrong. Times of the "Erbsuende" don't exist anymore. Has the Holocaust merely become the gift that keeps on giving?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2011-12-06 15:20

      Well its not like they can give them back their childhoods or their loved ones, or wipe away the pain and suffering is it? They must pay and keep paying... And it should be a constant reminder to the rest of us that human rights are for all. At least they are making an effort to redress the past. You can draw a line under it when the last Holocaust survivor joins their loved ones.

      Jaba - 2011-12-06 16:07

      Fidal - in hope that you too will recieve these kind of gifts.

      Fidel - 2011-12-06 17:07

      @Jaba Continually going back to the trough for reparations while you sit on stolen land yourself. Is there no pride?

  • Fidel - 2011-12-06 17:04

    United Nations should compensate Palestinians for the property that the UN took from the Palestinians when the UN created Israel in 1948. How much should Israel give to each Palestinian family who was made homeless by the establishment of the Jewish State? How much should it give each family whose land and orchards were stolen or damaged by settlers? How much should it give to each family whose children were shot at checkpoints, or whose relative died in an ambulance waiting to be transported to a hospital? How much would it add up to? Or do only some people deserve reparation and justice and not others?

      BA - 2011-12-07 09:23

      Fidel firstly the UN took land from what was then Transjordan. There was and has never been a country or state called palestine. Be that as it may, you probably don't know that at that state, there were 2 states proposed by the UN. The arab states refused to accept this, and when the state of Israel was declared, they immediately attacked it in the hope of committing a second genocide. They also expelled all Jews out of their lands. Prior to 1967 (and by the way, the PLO was formed before 1967, because it has always been its agenda to destroy Israel, not have its own state next to Israel) the palestinian territories were held by Egypt and Jordan. If you believe so strongly in the palestinian story, why don't you ask Egypt and Jordan for compensation? All this land you are talking about "stolen" is 2%-3% over the pre-1967 border, so don't come here with your stupid comparison to the Holocaust. Finally, I bet you didn't know either that before the 2nd intifada, started by a corrupt arafat after he refused to accept Israel's offer of 98% of his demands, palestinians could move essentially freely into Israel? It was all the suicide bombers that caused Israel to protect her citizens by building checkpoints. So you are one of those who would rather let innocent Israeli children and women and men be murdered then allow Israel the right to protect its citizens with a border control? The same right every other country has? You are ignorant and biased.

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