English - Rights of holocaust survivors

English - Rights of holocaust survivors

Updated rights of Holocaust survivors and their heirs:

Ami Bar


Social pension from Germany for Ghetto survivors including Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and  rest of Europe:

Ghetto survivors that were born before 1938 and were in German-occupied Ghettos are eligible to receive a social pension from the Social Insurance of Germany. The payment can be in some cases retroactive from 1997.

Lately new camps and cities were approved as Ghettos:

Romania - Bucharest, Dorohoi, Timisoara, Arad, Braila, Brasov, Buhusi, Falticeni, Husi, Ploiesti, Deva, Sibiu, Turda, Suceava, Calarasi, Targu Frumos, Ilia, Lugoj, Podul IlioaieiAlba Iulia, Bacau, Barlad, Botosani, Buzau, Constanta, Craiova, Focsani, Galati, Harlau, Iasi, Pacsani, Piatra Neamt, Roman, Stefanesti, Targu Neamt, Vaslui.

In the past Germany recognized: Transnistria region, Chernovtsy, Mogilev, Constanta, Ginta, Tacuts.

Bulgaria - Dobrich, Kazanlak, kardzhali, Lovech, Nevrokop, Nikopol, Popovo, Preslav, Provadia, Targovishte, Yambol, Plovdiv, Sofia -Juc Bunar, Berkovitsa, Burgas, Byala Slatina, Chirpan, Dubnitsa, Ferdinand, Gorna Dzhumaya, Haskovo, Karnobat, Kyustendil, Lom, Lukovit, Novi, Pazar, Pazardzhik, Pleven, Razgrad, Ruse, Samokov, Shumen, Silistra, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Troyan Varna, Vidin, Vratsa.

Slovakia - Bratislava, Vihen, Sered, Nobski.

Also, Amsterdam, and the ghetto in Shanghai China. All those are now considered as Ghettos that the survivors are entitled for social pension from Germany.

Those who already received the pension but did not receive it retroactively from 1997 are eligible to apply to receive back payments. There are many survivors who are entitled to that, and not aware of these rights, which can be very significant economically.

The above information applies to all Ghettos in Europe and the survivors and their heirs, which have not yet submitted applications for social pensions for working in the Ghetto.

Rights of the heirs of former Ghetto survivors:

Widows and widowers of Ghetto survivors are entitled to a monthly pension for life. In case that the widow passes away during the process, the children can receive the retroactive payment for the period of 01/07/97 to the date of death of the survivor.
Heirs who apply after the death of both parents are entitled in accordance with the following conditions (widows /
widowers must meet conditions 1 and 3 and children must meet all three.
1. The survivor who passed away was born befor 1936 and       
     worked in the Ghetto and has never requested the German
     Social Insurance. 
2. The survivor or the widow was alive on June 27, 2002. 
3. The survivor applied for an old age pension in their home



Article two fund pays every 3 month  1800 Euro's:

Jews from all over the world that are Holocaust survivors from Europe (including babies and embryos) who still do not get any monthly benefit related to the Holocaust can get a benefit that is paid every 3 months:
The criteria are: 

1. The survivor was in a Ghetto or camp. (Including the new                      cities and towns from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia).
2. The survivor had been hiding during the war at least
months in a Nazi occupied area.
3. The survivor had been living under Nazi occupation under a
     false identity for at least 4 months. False identity means
     living as Christians and not as Jews.



 A few words about the author of this article:


I am a son of Holocaust survivors; that’s why I chose to engage in this social activity, guiding Holocaust survivors on how to get these rights. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or leave a phone message. It's better to correspond with me by e-mail, I can respond faster by e-mail than phone. 

Please write your personal details such as name, country of origin, date of birth, and whether you are currently receiving a benefit of any kind related to the Holocaust, and if so – which one? Please write me your phone number and I'll get back to you.


Phone for messages:   +972-55-6665123 


Because there are times with many inquiries, I can't always answer the phone or by e-mail immediately. I always try to get back to everyone, if you accidentally did not get an answer please feel free to send me another message and I'll get back to you. As stated it is better to send me an email!

The phone number is a voice mail. After the Hebrew message at the tone please leave your message and a phone number. Please leave a message in English.


Wishing you all the best and good health!

Ami Bar


* It is hereby clarified that the information on this website is general and does not in any way constitute legal advice (2022) *

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