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Assistance for people who have been harmed by an unlawful detention

The Prisoner Assistance Act regulates financial compensation for persons of German nationality who, in accordance with the World War II was taken into custody for political reasons in the Soviet occupation zone (SBZ) or in the Soviet sector of Berlin or in the states of the Eastern Bloc , as well as for their relatives and survivors.

If a person suffers injury during custody, he or she receives care in analogous application of the provisions of the Federal Supply Act. Survivors also receive benefits if the detention resulted in the death of the detainee.

Who should I contact?

Depending on the reason for the application, responsibility lies with:

  • Pension office for the care provided for under the HHG, the StrRehaG and the Act on the Annulment of Administrative Decisions in the Accession Area contrary to the Rule of Law and the Subsequent Claims (VwRehaG) due to damage to health caused by liability or persecution
  • local social assistance institutions for compensation under the Act on the Compensation of Occupational Disadvantages for Victims of Political Persecution in the Accession Area (BerRehaG)
  • District, the independent city, the Hanover region, the city of Göttingen and the large independent city
    • for the capital compensation (liability compensation) according to the StrRehaG,
    • for the special donation according to § 17 a StrRehaG (so-called victim's pension)

Act on the Annulment of Administrative Decisions contrary to the Rule of Law in the Accession Area and the Consequential Claims Thereto

Act on the Compensation of Occupational Disadvantages for Victims of Political Persecution in the Accession Area (BerRehaG)

Competent authority

The application for the granting of damaged / survivors' pension must be submitted to the State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family (§ 10 para. 1 HHG).

The addresses of the responsible branch offices can be found on the website of the Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family.

Assistance for persons who have been taken into custody outside the FRG for political reasons

Requirements

Damage to health during detention

Damage to health during detention.

Which documents are required?

Rehabilitation certificate

What are the fees?

none

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

None for the application.

Any benefits will only be granted from the application.

None.

Processing duration

Rarely under 12 months

Applications / forms

Forms are provided by the countries. There is no online procedure, there is a written form requirement.

Appeal

An objection may be lodged against the decision of the authority within one month of notification. The objection can be made both against a rejection and because of the scope and amount of the services.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Soziales

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Helmut Möller
Telephone: 05931 44-2275
Fax: 05931 44-392275
Room:
F 275
responsible for:
Postal address: Post Office Box 1251

Address: Markt 1, 49832 Freren

Telephone: 05902 950-107
Fax: 05902 950-9950
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Parking Place: Number: 30, Fees: no
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 3, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Samtgemeinde Freren - Hauptamt

Postal address: Post Office Box 1251

Address: Markt 1, 49832 Freren

Telephone: 05902 950-101
Fax: 05902 950-9950
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Parking Place: Number: 30, Fees: no
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 3, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.