Rehabilitation of SED victims

Service Description

The rehabilitation of SED victims and thus the rectification of SED injustice is possible under the Criminal Rehabilitation Act, the Professional Rehabilitation Act and the Administrative Rehabilitation Act.

Rehabilitation under the Criminal Rehabilitation Act:

Under the Criminal Rehabilitation Act, victims of decisions made by GDR courts in violation of the rule of law can apply to the competent Thuringian regional courts for criminal rehabilitation in a two-stage procedure and, once rehabilitation has taken place, can assert claims in the second stage in the form of capital compensation of 306.78 euros for each month of imprisonment rehabilitated or part thereof, as well as reimbursement of costs, necessary expenses of the previous criminal proceedings and fines paid.

In the case of unjust deprivation of liberty contrary to the rule of law and lasting at least 90 days in total, the special allowance for victims of imprisonment ("victim's pension") amounting to a maximum of 330.00 euros per month can be applied for if the entitled person is particularly affected in their economic situation.

The same applies if a certificate in accordance with the Prisoner Assistance Act is submitted and the applicant lives in Thuringia.

Affected persons who have suffered damage to their health as a result of being deprived of their liberty in violation of the rule of law will, upon application, receive care in accordance with the Fourteenth Book of the Social Security Code due to the health and economic consequences of this damage. The pension can be paid in the form of a monthly pension.

Rehabilitation under the Occupational Rehabilitation Act:

According to the Occupational Rehabilitation Act, those affected who were subjected to occupational disadvantages in the former GDR as a result of unjustly suffered imprisonment as well as without being imprisoned can apply for occupational rehabilitation in order to obtain subsequent claims, primarily in the form of compensation for disadvantages in pension insurance.

Further subsequent claims for professional rehabilitation can be compensation for particular impairment of the economic situation and preferential professional training and retraining.

Rehabilitation under the Administrative Rehabilitation Act:

According to the Administrative Rehabilitation Act, those affected by measures of the GDR authorities that were fundamentally contrary to the rule of law, insofar as these have led to damage to health, encroachment on assets and/or occupation and the consequences of this still have a direct, severe and unreasonable impact today, can apply for the annulment or determination that these measures were contrary to the rule of law in order to justify subsequent claims.

Affected persons who have suffered damage to their health as a result of measures contrary to the rule of law can also apply for benefits under the Fourteenth Book of the Social Code.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt - SER-Renten, Rehabilitierung von SED-Unrecht, Bußgeld nach dem SGB XI - Referat 610

Postal address
Post office box 100 141
98490 Suhl

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 4
98527 Suhl
Transport connection
Haltestelle Kommerstraße
Parking spaces
Parking Place
Number: 20
Fees: no

Building access