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East German Refugee Ruled Eligible For Benefits For Trauma Suffered During Berlin Wall Escape

WorldNews Wednesday, 24 July 2019
East German Refugee Ruled Eligible For Benefits For Trauma Suffered During Berlin Wall EscapeA man who fled East Germany to the West in 1988 will be eligible to receive compensation for trauma he experienced as a result of the escape, Germany's highest civil court ruled on Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Lower courts had previously ruled against the case of the man, whose name was not made public, saying the violence of the German Democratic Republic regime was not directed solely at him, but at the entire population of the Communist state. He was therefore not individually disadvantaged and entitled to compensation. The man's dramatic escape lasted more than 12 hours. Along with his brother, he set out for the West Berlin border on a foggy night. The brothers approached the highly...
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