What are the victims of a war

War Victims Care

One of the biggest problems after the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany was the care of the victims of the Second World War. It was not only about the fate of the soldiers of the German Wehrmacht who were permanently injured by wounds or other service injuries, but also about the survivors of the fallen, as well as the many civilian victims of the bombing or other acts of war.

To compensate for these special sacrifices made by those affected, the law on the care of victims of war (Bundesversorgungsgesetz-BVG) was created in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1950s as part of the social compensation law, which provides for a large number of pension benefits. After the new federal states joined the scope of the Basic Law, the BVG has also been in effect in the Free State of Saxony since 1991 - but up to and including June 2011 with the special regulations provided for in the Unification Treaty.

The basic prerequisite for the care of the injured is that the permanent damage to health that can be traced back to the Second World War and the economic damage based on it are still present today. The basic requirement for a survivor's pension is the death of the relative in connection with events of the Second World War or, in the event of his death from another cause, at least the earlier recognition as a damaged person under the BVG.

Services are to be denied if the person entitled or the person from whom the entitlement is derived has violated the principles of humanity or the rule of law during the rule of National Socialism.