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People and Politics

Pensions for Former Ghetto Laborers

It was a long struggle, but now the German government is set to extend pension rights to thousands of Jews who were forced to work in Nazi-era ghettos. Germany’s parliament has indicated it will approve the proposal. About 20,000 of these former forced laborers are still alive today.

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Until now, though, the many bureaucratic hurdles have meant that many have gone without the pensions due to them. We meet a former ghetto laborer who now lives in Israel.