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Germany to provide funds to Nazis' child victims


BERLIN (AP) - The German government has agreed to provide additional financial assistance for child survivors of the Holocaust, who are suffering increasing problems associated with malnutrition and psychological trauma when they were young.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said the agreement reached with the Finance Ministry late Wednesday would provide one-time payments of 2,500 euros ($3,280) for Jewish children who were in concentration camps, ghettos or spent at least six months in hiding.

The Claims Conference didn't say how many might be affected, but it's thought that tens of thousands of survivors might qualify for the payments. The Finance Ministry on Thursday confirmed the agreement but refused to provide further details.

Claims Conference executive vice president Greg Schneider said Jewish children survivors had to endure serious undernourishment, sometimes for years, among other physical harm. Some were witness to "unimaginable atrocities."

"A range of injurious experiences has had a cumulative effect ... resulting in late-onset problems that are only now manifesting as physical and psychological symptoms in the survivors' advanced age," Schneider said in a statement.

Because so many survivors lost most, if not all, relatives in the Holocaust, many lack support in their old age.

The agreement, which still has to be approved by the German Parliament but isn't expected to meet any political resistance, will provide the one-time payment for special psychological and medical care to Nazi victims born Jan. 1, 1928 or later. That would have made them at oldest 11 at the start of the war, and 17 by its end.

The payment would come in addition to any other compensation they have received, and the fund is expected to become operational Jan. 1.

In total, Germany has paid around 70 billion euros ($95 billion) in compensation for Nazi crimes, primarily to Jewish survivors.

Compensation has evolved continuously since Germany agreed in 1952 to make payments, with annual negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government on who should receive funds and how much will be paid.

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leslie September 04 2014 at 11:07 AM

Wonder if in 70yrs or so if all the Americans born from 2008 to 2016 or for anyone that survives the past 6yrs, will be compensated for the destruction caused by this administration? And he's not done yet!

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Nick September 04 2014 at 2:21 PM

My grandfather was wounded twice in Germany during the war, know what he got? a purple heart. I am sick of hearing these people act like they were the only ones to suffer during the war, 850.000 Italians were in the camps and millions of Russian POW's, they did not get a thing, I guess the jews are more important than the other people who actually fought for their country. Funny how these type of stories come up every time Israel decides to bomb their neighbors and kill civilians, maybe they should pay the families for all the innocent victims they have killed trying to destroy Hamas? But that will NEVER happen. Germany is a great nation again, they have paid over and over and over again but it is never enough, now their children will be paid as well. News flash: the war is over almost 70 years, Maybe these people should pay that money to the family of a veteran who risked his life to liberated a camp?

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rolfsbug September 04 2014 at 10:47 AM

As much as I think it's wonderful that child holocaust survivors and getting compensation, and deservedly so. but how is the current German government responsible? The monsters that made up the old regime are long since dead, executed, imprisoned or still sought after if they are still alive. That being said, kudo's for the German government to do this! In the same vein, it took Volkswagen until the late '60's to refund customers that prepaid for cars in the '30's that never got them. The new VW company that compensated them was a new company, set up by the British government after the war when the UK had control of that region after the war.

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wtrfrd September 04 2014 at 12:45 PM

Germany has consistently taken responsibility for the horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Nazi party. Displaying a Nazi flag is an imprisonable offense.They have provided compensation to victims, built Memorials so these atrocities are not forgotten. Japan has done nothing...nothing. They deny the well documented atrocities to populations throughout the Pacific. The Rape of Nanking.... eviscerating pregnant Chinese woman to bet on the sex of the fetus. Dropping fleas infected with bubonic plague on Chinese cities. Beheading allied soldiers. ALL THESE PRESERVED IN PHOTOGRAPHS. Very few were brought to trial. The U.S. sustained nearly 80,000 casualties in the TWO FINAL BATTLES ALONE... Iwo Jima and Okinawa. So don't even start about the bomb. The estimate of casualties to attack mainland Japan ranged from 500,000 to one million. My father survived the horror of the Pacific as a Marine. On Iwo Jima 50% of his unit were killed or wounded. Japan has never taken responsibility. Unforgiven

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joeclown September 04 2014 at 3:17 PM

How much will Israel pay to the american sailors and marines that were killed or wounded on the USS Liberty.

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katkelly57 joeclown September 04 2014 at 10:45 PM

Very good question Joe...and why didn't we take action against that act of war/terrorism...call a spade a spade.

They (Israel) are not above the law.

People cry, "Woe is Israel."
Woe my butt, who do people think arms them and gives other military goods???
Us, the good ole USA!

When we learn to take care of this country first...(charity begins at home)..you can then if you like, help the others.

It's the Israeli gov't that I don't give a flying fig about...we all know the people pay the price of their govt's. policies and nonsense.

Who really and truly will come to our aid if needed?

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Hi Ron joeclown September 05 2014 at 12:05 AM


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Paul September 04 2014 at 11:05 AM

Now if only Japan would pay. Nah, never happen.

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My Wonderful Me September 04 2014 at 12:17 PM

God bless them, they went through much.

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bigshadyobama September 04 2014 at 11:32 AM


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r_porterfield September 04 2014 at 12:21 PM

I would say this is too little too late. Almost a second insult.

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unknown_individual r_porterfield September 04 2014 at 1:17 PM

Give em a Matzo and send em on their way. Personally, I'm sick of hearing the whining. I've listened to it my whole life. I suppose next, we'll be looking to ISIS for compensation for their war crimes. Good Luck.

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Sherise L unknown_individual September 04 2014 at 1:51 PM

So much security in being "unknown individual"...."Give them a Matzo, and send them on their way." I'm not going to be a troll on you, but....you really need to rethink your ignorant cruelty.

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Christy Geise unknown_individual September 04 2014 at 3:39 PM

You are a Jackass

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luigi1947 r_porterfield September 04 2014 at 3:46 PM

then why take the money?????

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uriahheep7275 September 04 2014 at 11:19 AM

This world has finally gone mad!

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