August 7, 2008
According to an USA Today newspress article survivors of the Nazi occupation of Budapest will each get a compensation payment of $2,900.
The Jewish organization who claimed this says they reached an agreement with Germany. From which I understand that the people of Germany who have nothing to do with the Holocaust will pay the price – $19 million, meaning 12.31 million Euro.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany says it has reached an agreement with the German government to distribute as much as $19 million to about 6,500 Holocaust survivors who are still living in Eastern Europe and who have not received payments so far.
Tuesday’s statement from the Claims Conference says that Jews who were persecuted in Budapest between March 1944 and January 1945 and meet other requirements are eligible for compensation.
The deadline for applying for the payment is Aug. 9, 2009. Around 550,000 Hungarian Jews and 50,000 Gypsies were killed in the Holocaust.
Not that I just don’t agree with Germany paying for the Holocaust, but what if United States would pay for all the wars started? In this case, they should pay to German people for all the bombs dropped on the territory of Germany. The same goes for Russia and so on. Where’s the logic of this Conference of Jewish Material… whatever their name is? Why don’t we all just first see what we’ve done and then start throwing rocks. Isn’t this one of the Christian ways of thinking?
And by the way, these Jewish people, honorable men, haven’t they noticed how much funds went from Germany to the Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria etc.) How would they call that? FREE HELP, perhaps? All the countries of European Union have sent funds for the newly integrated countries, and Germany gave up a lot of the funds allocated for its people, so the countries in Eastern Europe can join in. I’m from Romania, and I respect that, and I’m so glad that Romanian Government never asked for such things. We had our Jews here, and Gypsies, Hungarians… nobody ever asked for payments because of the war.
One more thing, Germany and its people have nothing to pay to this organisation, they didn’t kill Jews and Gypsies, they didn’t fought that war. Collateral damages and lives lost in the war are not to be paid back, perhaps a help, yes, but that help was offered back tenfold and even more. Again, I’m not against Jews or any other nationality, but this is totally unfair and it’s impossible to understand. Probably in about three years, some more Jews will suddenly remember that they had some problems with a German soldier who took their chicken from the backyard and leaving just 10 Deutsche Mark in exchange of the chicken; and will go to Hague to ask for an additional 12 EUR, because the chicken was a fat one and used to make big eggs. Or perhaps we should start asking for payment because in the Ice Age a German kicked your son’s butt, or Attila the Hun broke the bones of your neighbor.
Please, people, let’s look to the future, leave the history as it is, every nation has its bad and good history. Focus on what’s coming up next in our European Union, let’s be friends and work together, smile to anybody, help your neighbors, offer information, be anyone’s guide in your country, show him the beauties of it, entertain them, answer his question about your history, and tell it as it is. He will do the same when you visit his country. This is how we become a UNION, not by getting the dead out from the underground.