German pensions for work in ghettos  

Did you live and voluntarily work in a ghetto during World War II? Were you forced to live abroad due to persecution prior to December 31, 1949? If so, you may be eligible for a German pension.

In June 2002, the German parliament passed a law deeming periods of voluntary work in a ghetto during World War II to be periods of contribution to the German pension system, provided certain conditions are met.

These periods can be used to qualify for a German old age or survivor's ‘ghetto’ pension under the German ZRBG legislation (Zahlbarmachung von Renten aus Beschäftigungen in einem Ghetto).

If you think you may be eligible for a pension and have not yet applied, please contact us.

You should apply only if

  • You are 65 years of age or older
  • You lived in a territory in the National Socialist sphere of influence
  • You voluntarily worked
  • You were compensated in some form for your work, or
  • You lived abroad after age 14 and prior to December 31st, 1949 due to persecution

If you are the spouse of a person who is deceased, but who met the conditions described above, you may be eligible for a German survivor's pension and should apply as well.

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