Boekpresentatie ‘The Ghetto Workers Law’30 nov 2016
Van 14:00 - 17:00uur
Under the Nazi regime, tens of thousands of Jews lived in ghettos, working more or less normal jobs. Some of these ghettos had their own employment centers, and some employers even paid into retirements funds. Legislation known as “German Pensions for Work in Ghettos,” or by its German acronym, ZRBG (Gesetz zur Zahlbarmachung von Renten aus Beschäftigungen in einem Ghetto) was passed in 2002 to grant pensions to some of these former laborers. But more than ten years after its passage, its implementation was still subject to considerable conflict, mainly until the ZRBG-ÄndG (the Ghetto pension reform law) from August 2014 came into life, allowing fundamental jurisprudence to be incorporated in the form of legislation. For many years, former laborers in Nazi ghettos have been fighting to get the pension that this law ostensibly guarantees them, but the vast majority of their applications have been rejected. Since 2002, around 70,000 survivors have invoked the ZRBG. However, over ninety percent of these applications were initially rejected by German authorities for various legal and practical reasons.
This book is an attempt to summarize the major steps in the implementation of the law. It begins with an overview of the historical background, and then will shift focus to the judicial, diplomatic, political, and practical problems with the implementation of the ZRBG.
Book launch 30 November – Pulchri, The Hague
Join us as the official launch of The Ghetto Workers Law on the 30th of November at Pulchri, The Hague. During the launch the author will provide a short introduction to the ghetto workers law and its implications. The second part of the programme will consist of a panel discussion with, among others, Flory Neter (Verbond Belangenbehartiging Vervolgingsslachtoffers) and Hans Knoop (journalist, The Menten Case). The author, will present the first copy of the book to Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands Aviv Shir-On.
16:00 – 16:30 Reception
16:30 – 16:45 Introduction by Avraham Weber
16:45 – 17:40 Panel Discussion
17:40 – 17:55 Question and answer session
17:55 – 18:00 First copy presented to ambassador Aviv Shir-On
18:00 – 19:00 Drinks reception
This event will take place on the 30th of November 2016 at Pulchri, Lange Voorhout 15 in The Hague. Attendance is free of charge, but registration before the 28th of November is required.
Academics in the field of international procedural law and is particularly of interest for those interested in German restitution law.
Avraham Weber is a lawyer at Weber & Co. specializing in German and European law. Since 2008 he is the consultant to the Ministry for Senior Citizens chartered by the Israeli government to negotiate with foreign government for restitution of property and Jewish rights.
See also the website of Eleven.