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Polish government pensions

Polish government pensions

On April 4, 2014, Poland passed legislation making it easier for eligible survivors who were Polish citizens on or after 1 September 1939 who currently live outside of Poland to qualify for monthly pensions.

Previously, pension applicants were required to have a Polish bank account, which made it difficult for Holocaust survivors living abroad to receive payments. Under the new law, the monthly payments can be deposited into bank accounts outside of Poland.

The new provision regarding bank accounts outside of Poland affecting survivors living in the UK came into force on 18 October 2014.

The Legislation on War Veterans and Victims of War and Post-War Oppression provides for a monthly pension for individuals who: were of Polish extraction, background or origin; were detained by the Nazis in ghettos, prisons, concentration camps, extermination camps, or similar places of detention; were forcibly deported to the Soviet Union; served in the Polish military, the Polish units of the Allied militaries, or in the Polish underground during the Second World War; is otherwise considered a veteran or a victim of oppression.
Eligible applicants qualify for monthly payments of about PLN 400 (about £75) from the Polish government. Receipt of other direct compensation does not preclude eligibility for this pension.

The programme is administered by The Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. Their website – www.udskior.gov.pl/Home,page,71.html – has information about filing an application including links to download the application form.