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German Pension for Polish Survivors and their Heirs

Are you a child of a Holocaust survivor who worked in a ghetto in Poland?

You may be entitled to a large sum of money!

Even if your parents received compensation from the Israeli Ministry of Finance or directly from Germany in their lifetimes, you may be eligible for a one-time payment from the German Pension Fund.

Why am I eligible for funds?

In many cases, Polish Holocaust survivors who have already passed did not fully realize their pension rights in their lifetimes. This is a one-time retroactive payment and/or monthly pension payments from the German Pension Fund for survivors or their widow(er)/ heirs who worked in ghettos in occupied Poland (including Warsaw, Lodz, Bialystok, Vilna, Lublin, Krakow, Kovno, Riga and many more). As stated, in many cases these survivors did not receive everything they are legally entitled to.

In addition, often survivors who worked in ghettos in occupied Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus also did not receive everything they were entitled to.

I am a child of a survivor, how is this relevant for me?

If you are an heir of a survivor who did not receive their full pension rights, you may be eligible to receive the difference.

Our experience has taught us that in cases like these, considerable amounts were reduced from the survivors’ pensions for years, plus years of interest to be added- in many cases the sums are high.

Who is entitled to compensation?

Heirs of Holocaust survivors who worked in ghettos in occupied Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus may be entitled to a retroactive sum, in some instances dating back to the year 1997.
An heir or widow(er) of a Holocaust survivor is also eligible for a pension from Germany, even if the spouse has been deceased for many years.
This claim can be filed even if the survivor received monthly payments from the Israeli Ministry of Finance, the Claims Conference, directly from Germany (BEG/ Wiedergutmachung) or even if the survivor already received a pension from the German Pension Fund.
Heirs are only eligible to receive payments if the survivor or their spouse was alive on June 27, 2002.

Which forms do I need to fill out?

You do not need to fill out forms for the German Pension Fund. We will obtain all the required materials, complete all the paperwork and correspond with the German authorities on your behalf.

How is the money divided between heirs?

There are several options, depending on circumstances (such as conflict between heirs etc.). Our dedicated staff will be happy to provide more information on this question. In any case, the German Pension Fund always wires the money directly to the heirs; the money never goes through us.

How much do you charge?

We do not charge a fee for our professional services upfront. After successfully filing the claim, the German Pension Fund will transfer the money directly into your bank account.
Only if the claim is successful and after you have received the money, we charge a fee of 15% of the retroactive sum.
If your claim was rejected, you will not be charged AT ALL.

My mother/ father already received a ghetto pension a while ago

Even cases in which the survivor received a ghetto pension, we will check that all factors were taken into account for their final calculation. Often, many things were not accounted for and heirs are not aware of the fact that there are open payments remaining. We conduct this check free of charge. If an additional payment is approved, you will be charged 15% of this amount for our professional services. If no payments were open and you are not approved, you will not be charged at all.

I am not sure if my relatives or I are eligible; how do I find out?

Very simple: a short phone call to our office. You may also leave your information for us in the form below and our team of representatives will get back to you right away.
We have successfully assisted many Holocaust victims in receiving what they are entitled to and we will be happy to help you as well.

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So thankful!

The International Centre for Holocaust Reparations has given my father closure to one of the most traumatic events in his life and in history. I am so impressed with how the team worked so diligently and with such compassion. They helped me collect the information needed, responded to all inquiries, and helped me piece together the documents that had been long stored away. I am so thankful and appreciative of all of their efforts to bring the justice that my father deserved.

Esther Filer January 10, 2021

Fantastic Assistance

Ms. Gottlfried has given my mother and me fantastic assistance. She has helped us all the way. We would like to thank her very much for her assistance.
Thank you

Oded Burger January 10, 2021


My brother and I very much appreciate your work on our behalf. We found your fee to be reasonable and very much worthwhile.

Samuel Lepek January 3, 2021

Everyone was Very Helpful

Thank you for all your help with my mother. Everyone was very helpful.

Maty Koschitzki January 3, 2021

Enormously grateful

On behalf of my aunt, Edith Preston, I wish to convey our deepest admiration for your organisation for your amazing persistence, determination and patience.
Your thoughtfulness, care and communication skills are second to none. We are deeply grateful to you.

Reuben Urban and Edith Preston December 27, 2020


Our family was both grateful and thankful for the efforts put in to obtain such an impressive reparation payment. We will be forever in appreciation.

R Haskel & Family December 3, 2020

Very Impressed

I was very impressed by the professionalism and expertise of all involved. It was a pleasure working with everyone. Thank you for an optimum result.

BLP December 2, 2020

Excellent Service

I saw the ad for this organization on Facebook and thought – why not? The entire process was simple and required very little effort on my part. Everything was handled professionally. I plan to donate the funds I have received to a holocaust memorial in my parents’ memory. Thank you for your help in this process.

Yetta Fox November 23, 2020

The Result was Amazing

It is difficult in a few words to describe how pleasant was to work with the International Center. They were always available to help me with my questions and submitting documents. The result was amazing. Believe me, for my whole life I had worked with many people and agencies but this one is outstanding. Special Thanks to Sara and other people who fought for my Mother.

Ilya November 23, 2020

Professionalism and Expertise

I was very impressed by the professionalism and expertise of all involved. It was a pleasure working with everyone. Thank you for an optimum result.

BLP November 23, 2020

Thank you!

The team at ICHR was very good at submitting my documentation and following up with the German authorities. Furthermore, they have been patient with me when I requested payment be provided in the currency of my choice. It was very pleasant to work with all the people involved. Thank you very much!

Zoltan F November 17, 2020


Thanks you. I am grateful.

Esther Bittar November 17, 2020

Thank you

We are very grateful for the work and dedication shown in handling our claim. The results were greatly appreciated.

DT November 16, 2020

Above and Beyond

I originally contacted Zachi Porath attorneys in Israel to file a claim for Lodz Ghetto slave labor. It turns out that my Mother was already receiving this reparation while she was alive, so we were not entitled to any 2G funds. However, they independently discovered that my Mother had not collected child-rearing sums while I was young and they successfully secured a payment for us.

They went above and beyond to find a favorable outcome.

Ron Brandt November 16, 2020



T Allerhand November 16, 2020

Very happy with the result

Thank you for your good work and devotion. Very happy with the result.
Thank you!

Arie Nimrod November 8, 2020

Support was excellent

Very good job! Support was excellent!!
Thank you

George Mover November 1, 2020

My heart goes out

I am so grateful for all the time and patience the centre and its representatives have taken to help satisfy all the requirements needed in order that I could receive a pension at this time in my life when I most need it. My heart goes out to all who have helped in this regard with much appreciation.

Thank you

Lili October 22, 2020

Thank you!

Thank you for the good work you did for me.

Arie Nimrod October 19, 2020

Thank you

Dear All,
I am in my 22nd year as a Survivor Speaker. Your work to bring justice is a reminder of my Mother’s legacy and encouragement to continue. THANK YOU. Andy Reti

Andrew Reti October 11, 2020



I. S. October 11, 2020


Very good and professional

Weisman October 11, 2020

With Appreciation

It was a pleasure to work together with Zachi Porath, Sibyl and the International Center staff in securing funds from The German Benefit Fund related to my parents’ confinement in the ghettos of Poland. Whenever a question needed to be answered or an accommodation needed to be made, Zachi, Sibyl et al. did everything they could to answer and assist, always professionally and always courteously. The process went smoothly and ultimately successfully because of their efforts on our behalf.

Jacob October 11, 2020


Zachi Porath and the wonderful staff have been wonderful in every way, assuring that they were totally professional and truly helpful and reliable in obtaining The German Benefit fund. It was a true pleasure dealing with them.
Yours truly,
Tova Seelig

Seelig September 30, 2020

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