Survivors' benefits under the Criminal Rehabilitation Act Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Survivors of Germans who have suffered damage to their health as a result of a criminal decision by a German court in the territory referred to in Article 3 of the Unification Treaty (acceding territory = former GDR) which is contrary to the rule of law, or who have been admitted to a psychiatric institution in the former GDR, as a result of which they died, shall receive a survivor's pension in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Pensions Act (BVG).

A survivor's allowance can be granted if the deceased was prevented from pursuing a corresponding gainful occupation by the consequences of the injury.


One of the preconditions for the granting of the benefit is that the unlawful decision has been annulled.

Further information would have to be obtained directly from the Office for Care and Integration in Bremen.


The federal state in whose area the surviving dependants live is responsible. For Bremen and Bremerhaven, this is the Office for Care and Integration Bremen.

The documents required for the procedure can be requested from the Office for Care and Integration Bremen.

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