English - Rights of holocaust survivors

English - Rights of holocaust survivors

Updated rights for Holocaust survivors and their heirs:

Ami Bar

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

Ghetto survivors who were born before 1938 and were in German-occupied Ghettos are eligible to receive a social pension as part of Germany’s social insurance system. The payment can in some cases be retroactive from 1997.

New camps and cities have been approved as Ghettos
by the German government in recent years:


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.

This is in addition to areas recognized by Germany in the past: Transnistria region, Chernovtsy, Mogilev, Constanta, Ginta, Tacuts.


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 these are now considered as Ghettos by the German government. Survivors are now entitled to social pension payments from Germany.

Also to note is that those who have 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 this, and not aware of these rights, which can be very significant economically.

The above information applies to all survivors (and their heirs) from Ghettos in Europe, who have not yet submitted applications for social pensions.

Rights of the heirs of former Ghetto survivors:

Widows and widowers of Ghetto survivors are entitled to a monthly pension for life. In the case that the widow or widower passes away during the process, the children can receive the retroactive payment for the period of 01/07/97 to the date of the 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 before 1936 and       
     worked in the Ghetto and has never requested the German
     Social Insurance payment. 
2. The survivor or the widow / widower was alive on June 27,         2002. 
3. The survivor applied for an old age pension in their home


Article two fund:

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 from t Germany. The fund pays 1,800 Euro every 3 month.

The criteria are: 

1. The survivor was in a Ghetto or camp including the above                       mentioned cities and towns from Bulgaria, Romania and, Slovakia)

2. The survivor had been hiding during the war for at least
months in a Nazi occupied area.
3. The survivor had been living under Nazi occupation under a
     false identity for at least four months. False identity means
     living as a Christian and not as a Jew.


 A few words about the author of this article:


I am a son of Holocaust survivors, which is, why I chose to engage in this meaningful endeavour, guiding Holocaust survivors on how to get these rights. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or leave a phone message. It is better to correspond with me via e-mail, as I can generally respond faster by e-mail than by 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 will get back to you.


Phone for messages:   +972-55-6665123 


Because there are times with many inquiries, I can not always respond 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 will 
certainly 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, in English, and a phone number. 


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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