Germany to Compensate Armenian World War II POW’s

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian veterans who were in German captivity during the military operations in 1941-1945 will receive compensation totaling 22 million German marks. The decision to compensate the POWs was made by the German government last July. The total amount of the compensation is 10 billion marks.

At a news conference July 27–lawyer Stepan Tashchian announced his intention to protect the rights of the Armenia’s who apply for compensation. About 1,400 applications have now been submitted–1,150 of them are by survivors–the rest from their heirs. About 30,000 Armenia’s were in German captivity during World War II–10,000 of them died there. The compensation ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 marks–depending on the conditions of the individual’s captivity.

Tashchian explained that the POWs’ heirs have the right to the same compensation if the POW died after February 15 1999. This deadline was set by the German government.

The deadline for the submission of applications is the end of 2001. Tashchian did not rule out the possibility that the number of applicants may increase since former POWs were afraid of being accused of high treason for being in captivity.

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