Germany to compensate WWII laborers

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... Germany is offering ghetto workers such as [Gisela] Fischer who were denied pensions a one-time payment of 2,000 Euros, about $3,000.

Jewish organizations are alerting the estimated 20,000 survivors in the USA who worked in ghettos. The German government estimates that 50,000 people around the world are eligible for the Ghetto Labor Compensation Fund.

The U.S. Congress and Jewish organizations lobbied Germany after the country denied 90% of the pension applications from ghetto workers, says Volker Schmidt, a lawyer with Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Bet Tzedek, based in Los Angeles, helps survivors file applications.

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