Over 1,000 individuals have already applied for funds from a new compensation program concerning work performed in ghettos during World War II.
The applicants are seeking one-time payouts of $2,700, paid in return for labor they performed in Germany’s Jewish ghettos set up in three districts of Amsterdam.
The program was announced last week, with the Dutch Union for Holocaust Survivors (VBV) saying 1,200 have put in requests, with more expected to come forward.
The funds will be paid by the German government.
“Dutch Jews were driven out of their professions and forced into ghettos before their deportation to concentration camps,” VBV Chairwoman Flory Neter told ANP.
“In the ghettos of Amsterdam they often did random chores such as sewing bags to feed their families. It wasn’t forced labor, but they were coerced to live in the ghettos, so it wasn’t voluntary either.”
The news was the result of years of effort on the part of VBV, which has worked to convince German authorities to submit to the plan. Due to the timeframe, the applications will mostly pertain to Holocaust survivors who were children when they worked in the ghettos.