German finance minister to visit, discuss Holocaust survivors’ pensions
By Anshel Pfeffer

Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan is expected to meet the German finance minister in Israel next week to discuss additional stipends for Holocaust survivors.

Eitan wants Germany to accept responsibility for some 200,000 Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s and who were not accounted for in the reparations agreement signed with Germany in 1952.

He also seeks additional stipends because the reparations agreement with Germany from 1952 did not take into consideration the survivors’ increased longevity.

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck is expected in Israel next week. Last week his spokesman said he had no plans to meet Eitan or discuss the reparations issue on his visit to Israel.