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)
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.
Damage to health during detention
Damage to health during detention.
Which documents are required?
What are the fees?
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
None for the application.
Any benefits will only be granted from the application.
Rarely under 12 months
Applications / forms
Forms are provided by the countries. There is no online procedure, there is a written form requirement.
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.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Lower Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality