Late Compensation

Compensation for Forced Labourers

The historico-political controversy of the 1990s

4.37 Billion Euros

Günter Saathoff, chairman of the foundation EVZ, 2009

No Compensation

Janina Halina G. about the payments from the foundation to former forced labourers, 2005

For decades, governments and companies refused compensation to former forced labourers.

It was only in the year 2000 that class-action lawsuits from Jewish survivors in the USA led to the establishment of the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ), which was financed by the state and industry.

They paid between 500 to 7,700 Euros to around 1.7 million survivors, depending on their persecution category. Prisoners of war and Western European civil workers were excluded from these payments.

The compensation should demonstrate a financial, but not a moral final action. The foundation continues to support various memorial projects, including this app.


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“Compensation for Forced Labourers”: Barbara Mattauch (1); Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt (2, 3)
“4.37 Billion”: Interview with Günter Saathoff, 2009, Online archive “Forced Labor 1939-1945”
“No Compensation”: Interview with Janina Halina G., 2005, Online archive “Forced Labor 1939-1945”, za255