Justice, finally, for Holocaust-era ghetto workers after Merkel-Netanyahu meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEBRUARY 27, 2014: JUSTICE, FINALLY, FOR HOLOCAUST-ERA GHETTO WORKERS AFTER MERKEL – NETANYAHU MEETING

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced, during her visit to Israel the week of 24 February 2014 and after discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Germany will dramatically
expand its Ghetto pension (ZRBG) program by eliminating ALL the deadlines associated with this program. This development was confirmed yesterday by German Labor and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles in an interview with the Judische Allgemeine.

The Merkel announcement will mean the following:

• All Holocaust Survivors who currently receive a Ghetto pension will now have the pension re-assessed with a new “start date” of 1 July 1997, regardless of when the original application was first made. This will likely result in an additional lump-sum payment to any Survivor whose current pension start date is later than July 1997 (e.g., January 2005); many thousands will benefit.

• Any Survivor who now applies for a Ghetto pension for the first time will, if successful, have a “start date” back to July 1997.

• These pension reassessments will apply not only to Ghetto pensions for Survivors still living but also to widow(-er) pensions. Rightful heirs (i.e., non-widows or -widowers) of those that collected Ghetto pensions during their lifetimes should also benefit from these pension reassessments, but likely only after the cases of living Survivors and / or widows(-ers) are handled and succession established.

• German laws must be changed before the first reassessments can start and, ultimately, any monies paid out. This could take six months or more, especially since each pension will need to be individually re-examined and re-calculated to determine the exact amount of any additional lump-sum and new pension.

• The Marks Law Firm, P.C., of New Jersey, and the Reppenhagen Law Offices of Berlin – two expert firms with combined decades of experience assisting Survivors in Ghetto and health pension (“BEG”) claims – will therefore continue their active oversight efforts with the relevant German authorities on behalf of their clients worldwide. Notably, Reppenhagen played an essential role in bringing legal/political pressure on the German government to change its ZRBG policies.

FOR MORE INFO. ABOUT THESE LATEST GHETTO PENSION DEVELOPMENTS,
PLEASE CONTACT WILLIAM MARKS, ESQ., OF THE MARKS LAW FIRM, P.C.:
(908)204-9980 (phone.); (908) 204-9983 (fax); or markslaw5961@aol.com (email)

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