Child Holocaust survivors to be compensated

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Holocaust-survivors-to-be-compensated-for-lost-childhood-314516

Survivors who were children during the war will be compensated for their “lost childhood.”

Gad Beck and his sister as children Photo: Courtesy of Judith Kessler
Germany recognized and will provide compensation to Holocaust survivors who were children during the war, advice ask for their “lost childhood”, information pills the Center for Holocaust survivors’ organizations in Israel announced this week.

The move was the result of negotiations recently held in Jerusalem  between representatives of the Claims Conference as well as heads of NGOs dedicated to survivors and a senior delegation from the German Ministry of Finance.

The survivors concerned include those born between January 1928 and May 1945, for whom the first period of their lives would have been under the Nazis or allies of the Nazi regime. They lived in camps, ghettos, in hiding or in constant fleeing.

“This is certainly a significant step forward,” Chairwoman of the Center for Holocaust survivors’ organizations in Israel Colette Avital said in a statement.

“I hope that the German government will do historical justice on this issue and will work to develop a rapid and adequate compensation to those children, who today are grandparents, and ensure that they will receive what they deserve in order to live the rest of their lives in dignity,” she added.

According to the Center, children of the Holocaust were deprived of a particularly important period of their lives in which children build their personalities and must be loved, protected and feel safe in their immediate environment.

The Center wrote that “lifelong irreparable damage on the psychological and social level” was made to these survivors, who were also hurt in the field of education and culture and were exposed to severe trauma leading to disorders such as anxiety, insomnia or mental instability.

The Center also stressed that some also endured physical trauma as they suffered from diseases related to the conditions they lived in at the time.

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