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 (also known as “Wiedergutmachung”), it might be worthwhile to write to Germany to ask for the original documentation that was sent in when the applicant first submitted material to receive the pension back in the 1950s or 1960s. There may be documentation within that file (e.g., DP cards, birth or marriage certificates, etc.) that may be acceptable evidence for the Polish pension application.


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