Holocaust survivor children to sue Germany

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13 July 2007, Tel Aviv (dpa) - Children of Holocaust survivors in Israel aim to file suit in an Israeli court seeking compensation from Germany for their suffering as the "second generation," it was reported Friday.

13 July 2007

Tel Aviv (dpa) - Children of Holocaust survivors in Israel aim to file suit in an Israeli court seeking compensation from Germany for their suffering as the "second generation," it was reported Friday.

Haaretz newspaper said a suit would be filed in the Tel Aviv district court on Sunday, with the plaintiffs to demand that their suffering be recognized.

The paper cites the suit as saying that "both the experiences of the second generation as well as studies show that the trauma has been passed on between the generations."

So far, some 3,000 Israelis had joined in the initiative, which is believed to be without precedent.

Haaretz said the plaintiffs would seek to force Germany to pay for the costs of their therapy they were undergoing for the problems resulting from being the follow-up generation to the original Holocaust victims.

The suit will cite the cases of five women whose parents had survived the Holocaust, who to this day suffer anxiety attacks and depression.

In one case, a 55-year-old woman claims she is unable to ride a bus because it reminds her of the trains used to transport Jews to the death camps. Another woman cites her great fear of dogs.

During Nazi Germany's rein over Europe during World War Two, some six million Jews were put to death in concentration camps in what has historically become known as the Holocaust.

DPA

Subject: German news

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