For your information: Until recently, survivors who worked in ghettos could receive
either a ghetto pension or a one-time payment for 2000 EUR, but not both.
Now, Germany has changed that policy – survivors can receive both. For
survivors who applied for both, there is no problem – for example, if a
survivor applied for both and is only receiving the ghetto pension, s/he
is now eligible to receive the 2000 EUR as well – Germany will contact the
survivor on its own re this matter. The problem is primarily with those
survivors who were, early on, found eligible for a ghetto pension (such as
survivors from Lodz) and never applied for the 2000 EUR – now, they will
be able to receive the 2000 EUR if their applications for the
2000 EUR are received in Germany by 12/31/11.

CHANGE IN THE LAW regarding payment for work in the ghetto:

Now survivors who voluntarily worked in a ghetto are eligible for BOTH a
ghetto pension and a one-time payment of 2000 EUR.

If you already applied for both a ghetto pension and the one-time payment,
you do not have to do anything.
If you returned the 2000 EUR after receiving the ghetto pension, you
will be reimbursed 2000 EUR;
If you are receiving a ghetto pension and never returned the 2000
EUR, now you do not have to pay it back;
If your 2000 EUR application was never completed (it was
“suspended”) and you were eventually found eligible for the ghetto
pension, you will now receive the 2000 EUR; or
If your 2000 EUR application was denied because you were receiving a
ghetto pension, you will now receive the 2000 EUR.
If you fall in any of the above categories, Germany will contact you; you
do not have to take any action.

However, if you are receiving a ghetto pension and NEVER applied for the
one-time payment of 2000 EUR, you have to complete an application for the
2000 EUR and mail it to Bonn, Germany so that it is received there by
December 31, 2011. Filing this application, will enable you to receive
the one-time payment of 2000 EUR.

If you have any questions regarding this change in the law, please call
the New York Legal Assistance Group at (212) 688-0710.