Children who fled Nazis to get compensation from Germany

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 12.17.2018

Thousands of children were placed on trains to escape Nazi Germany by relatives they never saw again. In recognition of the emotional trauma, the German government has agreed to compensate them.

Germany has agreed to pay compensation to survivors who were evacuated from the country as children during the Nazi regime, the organization negotiating the deal announced on Monday.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany revealed the German government would pay €2,500 ($2,800) to the people still alive who fled from the Nazis as part of the so-called “Kinderstransport.”

The compensation is a “symbolic recognition of their suffering,” Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said, after most of the children never saw their parents or other family members again.

About 1,000 survivors are believed to be alive today, with an estimated 500 living in Britain, meaning the compensation payments could total €2.5 million ($2.8 million).

They will be able to make a claim from January 1, 2019.

 

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