Holocaust survivors who spent time in detention during the Second World War will be eligible for reparations without needing to meet the criteria for reparation-eligibility recently published by the Finance Ministry, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, overruling a lower court decision.

A holocaust survivor.

Some 5,000 survivors, mostly from Bulgaria and Romania, will now be eligible to demand the funds.

The precedent-setting ruling revolves around the case of Haim Hershko, 85, who requested reparations for the suffering he underwent in ghettos and detention camps during the war.

But the Finance Ministry demanded proof that during his time in detention, his freedom of movement was limited also beyond curfew hours. The Finance Ministry presented the same criterion as a potential block to any survivor with a history similar to Hershko’s.

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