Nazi Prisoners Can Claim Compensation

BERLIN (Azg)–From time to time the mass media of Austria and Germany call on World War II prisoners who were forced to work at Nazi camps to demand compensation promised by their governmen’s. Stepan Taschian–who defends the rights of Nazi prisoners living in Armenia–Karabakh and Georgia is to submit a package of documen’s to a Berlin-based lawyer on March 22.

Taschian claims 172 people have applied. A German lawyer explained that the compensation is not necessarily financial. The lawyer also said that those who have not yet applied can apply by February 23 at the Yerevan-based office to submit the package of required documen’s.

According to Taschian–nearly 70 percent of submitted applications are subject to rejection because of the insufficiency of documen’s–but added his office will have to retrieve additional documen’s from German and Austrian archives for these people.

By law–Nazi prisoners are entitled to either financial compensation or pension. According to Taschian–most of the applicants may hope for a compensation ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 DM. According to the law–the heirs of those Nazi prisoners who died after February 15–1999 can also claim compensation.

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