Lane Powell Wins Reparations for Holocaust Survivor in Pro Bono Case
Lane Powell secured reparations from the German government for its pro bono client, a Holocaust survivor. The proceedings, which spanned approximately five years, involved two German agencies, Bundesamt für zentrale Dienste und offene Vermögensfragen and Deutsche Rentenversicherung Nord, and an appeal to the German Social Court (Sozialgericht Lübeck). The survivor was only three years old when he was forced into a ghetto in the Ukraine during World War II. He was then persecuted in a concentration camp and later lived in hiding. He was finally liberated when he was six years old. After working in the Ukraine and Russia, the survivor immigrated to the U.S., where he worked until retirement. The survivor currently lives in Seattle with his family. Although he cannot forget the atrocities that he suffered, the reparations are a welcome addition to his fixed income. Lane Powell Attorney Inessa Baram-Blackwell contributed to the briefing that led to this win.