Germany is planning on giving one-time compensation to Jewish people who fled the Nazi’s as children.
Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday.
The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said the government had agreed to payments of 2,500 euros ($2,800) to those still alive from among the 10,000 people who fled on the so-called “Kindertransport.”
This year is the 80th anniversary of beginning of the transport of the children to Britain from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
About 1,000 survivors are thought to be alive today, with about half of those still living in Britain, and the payment is seen as a “symbolic recognition of their suffering,” Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said.
The horrific actions of the Nazis should never be forgotten but there is certainly a question as to whether modern-day Germans who had nothing to do with the Nazi’s horrific actions should be forced to pay for their actions.
Either way, it is nice to see these Holocaust victims getting proper recognition for the horror they experienced.