The German government's initiative to pay compensations to the so-called wolf children drew attention in Lithuania, with applications filed by at least 50 persons who came to Lithuania after World War II from East Prussia.
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Germany offers single compensations of 2,500 euros for such individuals.

Liusė Kažukauskienė, chairperson of the Vilnius community Edelveisas – Vilko Vaikai, told Bns that the organization currently included 51 individuals, and all of them had filed applications.

"I did not want to apply, I think the sum is symbolic, I did not want to apply for it at all but I received encouragement from Germany and other persons, and I did. As far as I know, everyone did, I personally urged them to do so, as there were various calls from Germany and take at least a small portion of what belongs to us," said Kažukauskienė.

The deadline for the applications is the end of December.

In her words, the compensations are belated and many did not live long enough to receive them. At the same time, she noted that proving their experiences is a difficult task for the so-called wolf children.

"Everything is far too late, it is merely a symbolic gesture, not restoration of justice," said Kažukauskienė born in East Prussia who came to Lithuania after the war.

Wolf children is a term used to described orphaned children who fled the former East Prussia territory to Lithuania from poverty and Soviet aggression. Calculations suggest there were thousands of such children.

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