Germany expands pension access for Romanian, Bulgarian holocaust survivors
Widows/widowers and children of survivors from the expanded list of 'open ghetto' cities are also eligible to receive a German Pension.
The German government has decided to add 27 new cities in Romania and Bulgaria to the list of recognized 'open ghettos,' allowing for for Holocaust survivors who worked in these cities, and their heirs, to be granted a social pension from Germany.
Survivors who fled from these cities and were born up to and including 1937 are entitled to a social pension from Germany for work done in the open ghetto without coercion.
The new open ghetto cities from Romania recognized on the list include: Dorohoi, Brasov, Arad, Ploiesti, Platicz, Timisoara, Bohush, Hush, Braila, Deva, Sibiu, Suceava, Klercy, Torda, Targo Formus, Lugoj, Ilya, and Pudu Ilui.
The new open ghetto cities from Bulgaria recognized on the list include: Dobrich, Kazanlek, Kardzhali, Lovech, Nebrkop, Nikopol, Popovo, Preslav, Provadia, Targovishte, and Yambol.
The widows or widowers of survivors who escaped the cities listed above (as well as of all the former European ghettos) have been entitled to a monthly pension for life. If the widow/widower has already died, the right passes to the second generation - the children of the survivor. The second generation can receive one grant for the period from July 1, 1997, until the day of the survivor's death.
To receive a German pension as a widow, widower or second-generation descendant of a Holocaust survivor from the aforementioned cities, the following conditions must be met (widows only need to meet conditions 1 and 3 and second generation should meet the three conditions together):