Monday, October 22, 2012

Wrongs of the past

"The Judge and the Victims" - The Ardous battle
for Ghetto Pensions, BR/ARD
Are jews who were forced to live in ghettoes in Nazi Germany entitled to pension? For decades German courts refuse nine out of ten applications. Jan-Robert von Renesse, a judge at the North-Rhine-Westphalian Social Court, was determined to change this. He proved that in most cases the legal requirements were fulfilled, and thousands of former ghetto inhabitants - or their families, as many of them had died in the meantime - came into their own. The insistent judge on the other hand, from one day to another, was taken off all the ghetto cases. No concidence.

"The Judge and the Victims - The Arduous Battle for Ghetto Pensions" (Bayerischer Rundfunk BR/ARD, BR Bayern 2) is a beautifully crafted tale of a penny-pinching bureaucracy, highly reluctant in dealing with the wrongs of the past, and of a rebellious mind with a vision beyond the wording of the law.

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