Saturday, 16 January 2010

Nazi victims demand compensation

Nazi victims demand compensation from  German Railways (Deutscher Bahn)

Polish victims want compensation for their deportation in WWII. The association for Political Prisoners formerly held in Hitler's prisons and concentration camps expects a gesture of reconciliation from Deutsche Bahn.

Here's the intro to the story running on ARD's Tagesschau

NS-Opfer fordern Entschädigung von Deutscher Bahn

Polnische NS-Opfer fordern von der Deutschen Bahn Entschädigung für ihre Deportation im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Der Vereins ehemaliger Politischer Häftlinge von Hitlerschen Gefängnissen und Konzentrationslagern erwartet von dem Unternehmen eine "Geste der Versöhnung".

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Apparently this is not just about money. The 7000 remaining members of the association need humanitarian assistance. The Bahn has already contributed a multi-million Euro figure to a foundation to compensate forced-labourers (Zwangarbeiter). Should they be doing something to help these Polish victims?

You can add comments to the others shown below the story on ARD. One of the contributors says:
Klar haftet an Deutschland leider noch immer die Nazi-Vergangenheit und es ist auch unentschuldbar was damals geschah. Doch was können wir, die 4. Generation nach dem 2. WK, dafür, was vor über 50 Jahren geschah?

Is it realistic for generation after generation to have to pay for the sins of previous generations? On the other hand should more have been done to provide compensation in the immediate post war period?

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