So tell me, do Swedish bureaucrats lie awake at night trying to figure out how to appear more anti-Semitic than they already seem? Here’s the latest ham-fisted move, this time by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency:
Miriam Landau, who moved to Sweden with her husband in the 1950s after having survived living in a concentration camp, has since received payments from the German state as recompense for her work while living in a ghetto.
The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) has ruled that [these] payments should be classified as a pension and the sum [should be] deducted from Miriam Landau’s Swedish pension.
Miriam Landau argues that the agency has illegally confiscated some of the remuneration she received as indemnity for the Nazi persecution.
A decision by the Gothenburg administrative court of appeal (Kammarrätten) in November 2007 ruled that the retroactive payment of 80,000 kronor ($8,812) made under the German ZRBG law of 2002 should be considered a pension, in favour of the Social Insurance Agency.
Miriam Landau has appealed the decision and argues that the payment should be classified under the spirit of the German indemnity law and that the Social Insurance Agency had no right to confiscate 42,942 kronor of her pay out.
She argues that the ZRBG law classifies the payments as a “pension” only because it is paid out after the recipient has reached the age of 65 but should be seen as indemnity for work in the ghetto.
Considering that her work in the ghetto ended up with contracting double lung tuberculosis, Ms. Landau has every right to the money paid her by the German indemnity law.
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Call it workmen’s compensation if you like, but this woman is entitled to some recompense from the German government for the foreclosure on any chance of ever having a normal work life:
In court papers Miriam Landau points out the ZRBG law states that the payments should not be considered social security and stipulates that payment be made only if it directly benefits the intended recipient.
The Social Insurance Agency therefore has no right to any of the money, Miriam Landau argues.
Ms. Landau has been unable to work since her arrival in Sweden in 1950:
She was diagnosed in 1945 with double lung tuberculosis as a consequence of her time in the ghetto and concentration camp and has therefore been unable to work since moving to Sweden.
This bureaucratic bullying is a disgrace.
I have written The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to see if they can be of material aid to this 84 year-old survivor of the Nazi’s evil empire.
Hat tip: TB