Author Archives: Robert Lebowitz

Polish pension exempt from being counted for U.S. benefits & entitlements

The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) recently updated its legal memo on the effect of Holocaust reparations on U.S. federal benefits and entitlement programs, such as, for example, Medicaid. This most recent version, updated November, 2017, states that, like most German restitution payments, the Polish pension is exempt from being counted as either income […]

German pensions now can be used as evidence for Polish applications

Recently, some applicants to the Polish pension have been asked to send in a letter to Poland granting them permission to make an inquiry with the Claims Conference. This is in stark contrast to a previous statement from UDSKiOR (The Office of Veterans and Victims of Oppression) that “reparations from German institutions is not a […]

Use of German reparations letters as proof of persecution

Some workers and their applicants have been sending us documentation for translation of an applicant’s approval for German reparations programs, such as Article 2, BEG or the Ghetto Pension. Unfortunately, the Polish government has stated that these will not be acceptable as evidence of an applicant’s Holocaust experiences. However, if an applicant does receive BEG […]