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Germany compensates 249 people persecuted over Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality

CBS reports that German authorities have compensated nearly 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalizing homosexuality that continued to be enforced enthusiastically after World War II. The Federal Office of Justice said Monday that, up to the end of August, 317 people had applied for compensation and it had been paid out in 249 cases. So far, it has paid out nearly 860,000 euros (just over $1 million). Fourteen applications are still being processed, 18 were rejected and 36 were withdrawn, the office said. The deadline for applications is July 21 next year.

Doing the simple math that is an average of 4,000 Euros per person. That’s less than most persons earn on a job in one to two months. This seems dismally low compared to the torture and anguish suffered.

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