Shortly after Word War II, Germany passed a law on restitution (Bundesentschädigungsgesetz). On the basis of this law many persons who were persecuted by the Nazi-Regime continue receive monthly compensation payments.
Compensation payments are made by several different authorities. If you have any questions with regards to your compensation payment, or you changed your address, or you wish to pass on other information to the compensation authority, please contact it directly. Please refer to the list of compensation offices on the right.
Please be informed that the German foreign missions in Canada do not offer any counseling on compensation pension.
Information on compensation for work in a ghetto can be found here.
As the official language in Germany is German, you might receive information from your Pension Authority in German only. Please kindly understand that the German foreign missions in Canada cannot offer translation services.
Applicaton deadlines for compensation pensions expired at the end of 1969. Should you still want to make a claim, please contact the following authority:
Zentrale Auskunftsstelle zur Wiedergutmachung Nationalsozialistischen Unrechts
(Central inquiry office of the German Federal Ministry of Finance)
(Tel.: ++49-221-37 99 30)
Jewish Claims Conference
On 21 May 2015, the German Bundestag decided that former Soviet prisoners of war were to receive symbolic recognition payments. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2017.
The government of Germany has committed through an agreement signed with the Claims Conference at a public ceremony, to continue compensation payments to eligible Holocaust survivors and providing funding for homecare for victims. Claims are administered by the Jewish Claims Conference.