The opposition in the German parliament demanded that former Soviet war prisoners be paid compensation, but came upon resistance from the ruling coalition, the German Tageszeitung wrote.
The opposition in the Bundestag seeks to change the situation. The Left suggested paying former war prisoners 7,670 euros each, while the Green party demanded 2,500 euros compensation, with the maximum amount reaching 15 million euros.
"It is primarily not about money. The aim is to finally recognize the injustice the NS did to these people," Green party MP Volker Beck said.
The ruling CDU / CSU block opposed the initiative, claiming that Germany has already repaid enough compensation and that further payments should be the responsibility of Moscow.
In 1993 and 2000, Germany, indeed, paid compensation to the victims of Nazism, but the war prisoners were left with nothing. The relevant law stated that captivity does not constitute grounds for compensation.