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Comment: great news for children of survivors of Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Deir Yassin, if this precedent-setting claim goes through.

Agence France Presse
June 9, 1999

Children of Holocaust survivors to sue Germany: report

TEL AVIV, June 9 (AFP) - Children of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust are preparing to sue Germany for reparations for the trauma of growing up with psychologically damaged parents, the Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Yaffa Golan, a Tel Aviv attorney representing the plaintiffs, told Maariv she had written to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder seeking an out-of-court settlement of the demands for reparations.

"We are waiting for an answer and if it is not satisfactory we will go to court," she said.

Golan said she had gathered testimony from hundreds of children of Holocaust survivors who claim their childhood was ruined "by the psychological effects of living alongside parents who came back from the Nazi death camps."

"There are thousands of people from this second generation who have trouble working, who need psychological treatment and have no one to help them," she said.

"We don't think it's possible for all the descendants of the second generation to obtain compensation, but there are many people who were crippled by the Holocaust and have a right to help," she said.

The German government has paid billions of dollars in compensation for Holocaust survivors but this would be the first case of children of the death camp inmates demanding reparations for their indirect suffering.

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