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Romanian Holocaust Roundup Survivors Secure Pensions

Germany refused to compensate the Iasi Pogrom survivors for years in the same way it compensates other survivors

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    Romanian Holocaust Roundup Survivors Secure Pensions
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    This Jan. 25, 2004, file photo shows a Romanian museum staff member lighting candles in front of pictures of Romanian Jews killed in Iasi, Romania, in 1941 at a Holocaust memorial exhibition in Bucharest, Romania. The exhibition, displaying pictures of Romanian Jews killed in death camps and various of their personal belongings, remembers those deported or killed between 1933 and 1945.

    The survivors of a 1940 roundup of Romanian Jews called are finally being given access to pensions under an agreement negotiated with Germany, NBC News reported.

    Around 15,000 people died in the Iasi Pogrom, which was planned by Romanian and German officials.

    Survivor George Herscu, 90, was 13 at the time. He escaped death by hiding in a cornfield, but his father didn't survive. He told NBC News that "justice is done" for the "barbaric way" his father died on a transport train.

    Germany refused to compensate the Iasi survivors for years in the same way it compensates other survivors. But now the Iasi survivors who meet the criteria will receive pensions of about $400 a month and are eligible for more home car services.