Compensation payments (Wiedergutmachung)

Shortly after Word War II, Germany passed a law on restitution (Bundesentschädigungsgesetz). On the basis of this law many persons who were persecuted by the Nazi-Regime continue receive monthly compensation payments. 

In 2007 the Federal Government adopted an ordinance relating to work in a ghetto. It states that entitled persons are to receive a one-time payment to the amount of 2,000 euro.

In July 2011 the Federal Government issued a new version of this Directive for a one-time payment. Under this new version, which has retroactive effect from 6 October 2007, this one-time payment can be received even by those whose work in a ghetto has been or could be taken into account in a pension claim.

Who should take action?

* Those who worked in a ghetto but have not yet made an application for a recognition payment.
* Those who have refrained from applying for a pension or for the recognition payment because they received the respective other payment. 

Compensation payments are made by several different authorities. If you have any questions with regards to your compensation payment, or you changed your address, or you wish to pass on other information to the compensation authority, please contact it directly. Please refer to the  list of compensation offices on the right.

Please be informed that the German Embassy in Singapore does not offer any counseling on compensation pension.

Further details can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues (Bundesamt für zentrale Dienste und offene Vermögensfragen - link see right side)

Application deadlines for compensation pensions expired at the end of 1969. Should you still want to make a claim, please contact the responsible authority from the contact list of all German compensation authorities (see right side).

As the official language in Germany is German, you might receive information from your Pension Authority in German only. Please kindly understand that the German Embassy in Singapore cannot offer translation services.