German Federal Compensation Act

By 1947, the Allies had begun organising the first "compensation" payments in Germany. Payments were mainly granted to Germans who had been persecuted for their political or ideological views, their ethnic background or faith. The German Federal Compensation Act was passed in 1956, it set the rate of compensation for former camp inmates at five DM for each day of imprisonment. Forced labourers were excluded from this regulation. It took a very long time for them and many other victims to receive any financial aid.

Entschädigungsakten, 2009 © Stephan Lehnstaedt
Compensation files, 2009 © Stephan Lehnstaedt