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.