German govt boosts aid to nazi victims
August 26, 2004
BERLIN — Compensation for victims of the Nazi Third Reich is to be
increased and the number of groups eligible for payment expanded,
Germany's ruling Social Democratic and Green Party coalition said
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
"Germany has a moral responsibility to ensure the dignity of
(victims) as they grow older," said a statement, adding that the
finance ministry had approved the move.
Monthly payments for people who were forcibly sterilized by the
Nazis will be almost doubled to 100 euros (120 dollars).
"Those who were forcibly sterilized have suffered a barbarous
life-long injustice. They could not set up families and are often
alone in old age," said the statement.
Children whose parents were murdered by the Nazis will be able
to draw benefits if they were 27 years old or younger at the time
their parents were killed. Under the current law the age limit is
Homosexuals convicted by Nazi military courts under a harsh 1935
anti-gay law will also for the first time be eligible for
compensation, said the statement.
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats and the Greens
added that they would next year attempt to further increase the
compensation payments to Nazi victims. – Sapa-dpa
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