The Romanian Parliament passed a new law that significantly eases the process for Holocaust survivors of Romanian decent to receive their reparations. The main difference is that the required proof of Romanian citizenship from before WWII has been eliminated.

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Similar to other countries that had concentration camps within their borders during WWII, the Romanian government pays war reparations to Holocaust survivors originating from its borders. A new law passed by the Romanian Parliament last month should significantly ease the process for Holocaust survivors to take advantage of their rights by greatly reducing the bureaucracy required in order to gain their pensions.

The new law eliminated the required proof of Romanian citizenship, which previously created a considerable obstacle for Holocaust survivors to receive access to reparations. Locating documents from WWII and prior to it was nearly impossible for a number of survivors of Romanian decent, as most of them who had immigrated to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s were forced to relinquish their Romanian citizenship upon arriving to the Holy Land. Furthermore, most of them decided to give up the reparations procedure because the lengthy process of locating their documents took many months and necessitated costly legal expenses.