Holocaust survivors win pensions claims in landmark ruling





In an unprecedented ruling, the Federal Social Court in the western German city gave the green light to three Jewish claimants, two men and one woman all over 80 years old, to claim the pensions.

Judge Ulrich Steinwedel said the cases "stemmed from the darkest chapter of German history and couldn't leave anyone unmoved."

During World War II, the three claimants were confined in ghettos -- cordoned-off zones in eastern European cities where Jews were corralled by the Nazis before being sent to death camps -- in present-day Poland and Belarus.

During that time, the claimants worked in the German army postal service, a leather factory, and the state-owned Hermann Goering industrial group. They were given meals at work, some food to take home or ration coupons, and occasional cash gratuities.


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