This article revolves around reparations paid to survivors of the Holocaust who had been forced to do labor during the second World War. Now they can receive a pension for the labor rendered. However, since the approval of this program there have been complaints of bureaucratic mishandling of the cases presented, that by reviewing cases slowly and rejecting most of those submitted anyway, the government has managed to maneuver its way out of repaying many of the reparations.
The article uses the case of Abraham Leibenson, who worked in Nazi ghettos and was the sole survivor of the Holocaust in his family. He applied for the pension from his home in Israel to help pay for medical bills that his low salary could not cover. By his death, last month this year, he hadn’t received any payment. Using this case, the article begins to expand upon the logistical problems in the legislation and bureaucracy keeping reparations from being paid.
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