SED victim compensation (victim's pension, capital compensation) Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The "Third Law for the Improvement of Rehabilitation Law for Victims of Political Persecution in the Former GDR", which entered into force on 29.08.2007, provides for a victim's pension of up to 300 euros for former political prisoners of the SED dictatorship. This provision was supplemented or improved with the Fourth and Fifth Acts, which entered into force on 03.12.2010 and 22.12.2014.

Related Links

Certificate under the Prisoner Assistance Act (HHG) requested before 04.11.1992 Certificate of leadership according to the Federal Central Register Act (BZRG) - Submission to an authority-so-called official management certificate


Preconditions
Former political prisoners of the GDR may receive a victim's pension if: they have suffered a deprivation of liberty of at least 180 days, which is contrary to the rule of law, no custodial sentence of at least three years has been imposed on them for an intentional offence, they are particularly affected in their economic situation, and there are no grounds for exclusion (violation of the principles of humanity or the rule of law, seriously abused for one's own benefit or to the detriment of others, have given considerable impetus to the system of the time in the accession area). Pensioners and people in economic need are eligible. Pensions for age, reduced earning capacity, accident at work or occupational disease, death or similar benefits are not taken into account in the assessment of economic need. The income of the spouse/partner is also not taken into account. Survivors of former political prisoners are not entitled to this pension. Economic need is present in the case of lone beneficiaries, three times the so-called "basic rule rate" (currently EUR 1,197) in the case of married or civil partnership beneficiaries and in married or civil partnership-like beneficiaries, four times the basic rate (currently EUR 1,596). The basic rule rate is EUR 399 (as of 01 January 2015). Further information and application forms can be found on the website of the Directorate of Supervision and Services.